Foals say they need to ‘rock the boat’ for fifth album

Band previously suggested they would take a break before working on new music

Foals have discussed plans to work on their next album, revealing that they no longer intend to take a break after their remaining live dates.

The band previously suggested that they will take a break before making their next record.

Speaking at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas during February, frontman Yannis 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.”

Speaking in the latest issue of Q Magazine, the band stated that they would head to the studio to record their fifth album following a gig in Hong Kong in November.

“I want us to break the chains of familiarity and to have that question mark in the room again,” Yannis explained. “I think that it’ll be beneficial for the band just to be nervous about being in the room together again. I think we need to rock our own boat.”


Guitarist Jimmy Smith had distanced himself from reports of a break by telling DIY that their plans extended past the summer.

“It’s been a great year,” Smith said ahead of the band’s headline slot at Reading and Leeds festivals in August. “There is more to come after Reading as well.”

Philippakis previously said that he doesn’t expect the band to continue forever, stating that things have already carried on far longer than he and his bandmates expected.


Foals released their fourth album ‘What Went Down’ in August 2015.