- The NME Big Read: Foals – “All anyone can express right now is confusion”
The band released the first part of the two-part series earlier this year and have since confirmed that its other half will be released on October 18.
‘The Runner’ is lyrically set in the aftermath of what’s described in the last songs on ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’. In a press release, frontman Yannis Philippakis said of the new track: “It’s a call to find a sense of purpose and perseverance despite the odds and despite the troubles we may find inside or outside ourselves.” Listen to it below now.
The Oxford group shared a clip of a video for the song on their Instagram yesterday (September 4) as they teased its release. You can watch the clip below now.
Last month, the band shared a photo of a whiteboard in the studio charting their progress with recording. On the board, 17 songs were listed including some from ‘Part 1’ and titles including ‘Cake’, ‘Rizzo’, and ‘Slug’. But there was no mention of the latest track.
‘The Runner’ follows the first cut from ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2’: ‘Black Bull’. In a five-star review, NME said: “’Black Bull’ is a gnarly fucker that flexes their rock muscles – but this time it’s to bursting point. With razor-sharp riffs and a paranoid menace throughout, it’s a full-on onslaught so relentless that it feels constantly under threat of collapse.”
Speaking to NME for their Big Read cover feature earlier this year the band described the albums as “two halves of the same locket”, with ‘Part 2’ set apart to “contrast and give a different energy to the period”. They tell us that the sister LP is “like a second round of ammo”, “a little more blistering” and “captures the vibe of their live shows” like never before. It ends in an unedited 10 minute wig-out.
Meanwhile, ‘Part 1’ is nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize alongside the likes of IDLES, Slowthai, Dave, and The 1975.