Foals’ Yannis Philippakis says ‘music has got so polished and careerist’

Front-man talks about the sheen of music industry in new interview

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has recently criticised the state of the music industry in a brand new interview, it has emerged today (March 18).

Yannis – lead singer and guitarist for the band, who released their last album What Went Down in August 2015 – is known for being outspoken and in a new interview released today, he has addressed the leap from independent band to arena filling headline act and spoken about the changes that have arisen as Foals rocketed to stardom.

Speaking to The Guardian, and when asked about bands such as Oasis and Kasabian ‘shaking things up’, Yannis declared “Exactly, and they’re right to, because music has got so polished and careerist. Everyone’s watching their words and got to be fresh for the next TV opportunity the next day. It’s lost some of that wild west free-for-all.”


It was in response to an earlier comment in which the frontman had referred to modern band’s as whingers: “I have become more guarded, especially on social media. There’s an echo-chamber, lynch-mob mentality to a lot of sites, but it’s frustrating because I look back at the 90s and the stuff the Gallaghers used to say”.

Yannis also talked about his recent balcony dive while playing in Liverpool, saying “If my mum hears about something I get a text. Security guards have tried to stop me. I got into a scrap with one in New Zealand.”

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Meanwhile, Foals have shared an unreleased single, Rain, ahead of a full Record Store Day release on April 16.


‘Rain’ was recorded during the sessions for their latest album ‘What Went Down’, which was released last August and recently won Best Album at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas.

Hear ‘Rain’ below and watch Foals cover Ronson’s ‘Daffodils’, the original version of which featured Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.

Foals recently suggested that the band will take a break before making a new record.

Speaking at last month’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas, frontman Philippakis said: “We’ve only just put out a record so I think we’ve afforded to take some time [for a break]. I don’t think there’s a rush right now. We need to live life again, that’s always beneficial to making a record.”

“I think we need to take a break,” he added. “It’s hard to predict [how long that will be]. We might start writing again tomorrow.”