The Oxford band performed the lead single from their forthcoming record, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1’, earlier tonight (March 7) at Kew Gardens’ Temperate House.
The show came ahead of NME Radio’s exclusive track-by-track interview and listening party at midnight (March 8) which features interviews with and insights from frontman Yannis Philippakis and guitarist Jimmy Smith. Tune in to NME 1 at 00.01am.
In the BBC Radio 1 footage, Foals are flanked onstage by plants – a subtle nod to the band’s recent press photos as well as the floral scenes pictured the ‘Everything No Saved…Part 1″ record sleeve.
Foals are preparing to release another record this year, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2’, which Philippakis said – “to put crudely” – will have a “heavier rock frenetic energy” than the “more keyboard-driven” sound of the band’s first 2019 record.
In a five-star review of Part 1, NME concluded: “Regardless of where you checked in on Foals’ journey – or, heaven forbid, checked out again – there’s something to sink into on ‘Everything Not Saved… Part 1’. The intricacies and experimentalism of those math-rock early days, the spacey ambience of ‘Total Life Forever’, and the bolshy production brilliance of those last two records: it’s all here. If this is just the first act of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, then this era may just prove to be Foals’ making.”