Foals’ Yannis Philippakis: ‘I actually really like The Stone Roses’

Frontman clarifies comments about 'some dude from the '90s' headlining festivals

Foals singer Yannis Philippakis has clarified his comments from last month about being bored by older bands headlining festivals by saying he “actually really likes” The Stone Roses.

The frontman made the headlines when he said he was “bored” with seeing the same artists and bands topping the bill at festivals every year and added: “You get people in their late 30s going to festivals, in their dungarees with a couple of kids, wanting to relive their adolescence, pretending they’re baggy again by watching The Stone Roses. They aren’t in touch with what’s going on now. I’m bored of seeing some dude from the ’90s headline, it means nothing to me.”

Speaking to the Guardian about his comments, however, he said: “It wasn’t meant to be about just them, I actually really like that band.

“It was more about how it feels like there’s a glass ceiling at the moment,” he added. “Unless you’re Arctic Monkeys or Mumford and Sons, new bands aren’t given the chance to headline festivals. Maybe we’re just not good enough? I don’t know…”

Philippakis also spoke about some of the stranger recording techniques the band used on their most recent album, ‘Holy Fire’. “At one point we even made these poor studio interns collect bones,” he said. “We were inspired by voodoo, these Haitian rhythms.

“We collected some ourselves, from butchers in Willesden High Road. Mainly cows, I think – often they had gristle and cartilage on them, mainly cow and occasionally sheep. We had to order these big pots because one of the shoulder blades was too big! We boiled the flesh away so we could use them as percussion! We wanted to get primitive!”

Foals will headline the third and final day of this summer’s Latitude Festival, which runs between July 19-21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk. Bloc Party will headline the Obelisk Main Stage on the Friday, supporting the release of their fourth album ‘4’ and, in a coup for the festival, Kraftwerk will headline on Saturday.

The BBC 6Music Stage will be headlined over the respective three days by Modest Mouse, Alt-J and Beach House. Other acts to appear across the weekend include The Maccabees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Willy Mason, Beth Orton, Villagers, Calexico, Daughter, Mark Lanegan, White Denim, Jessie Ware, James Blake, Swim Deep Chvrches and Laura Mvula.

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