Foals – ‘My Number’

Foals - 'My Number'

The second track to emerge from third album 'Holy Fire'

The other week I saw Foals play ‘My Number’, their new single and the second song we’ve heard so far from their forthcoming third album ‘Holy Fire’, live in Bournemouth in front of a couple of hundred people. The only opportunity these people had to hear the song previously was a rendition on Later… With Jools Holland, which was pretty good, if unspectacular.

But the response was ridiculous. Foals crowds are pretty special on any night, but when that warm, Simple Minds-y chorus kicked in the crowd-leaping inched higher than that I saw that night for ‘Two Steps, Twice’, ‘Miami’ etc – the kind of Foals songs that have caused nosebleeds on contact with their frenetic immediacy for the past couple of years, and have formed the spine of some of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

It is the most immediate, poppy and complete song Foals have written so far. The way it dives into its chorus within the first ten seconds, that universally simple theme of break-up detachment… it’s Foals stepping up, without dumbing down.

I’ve been playing the song pretty much non-stop since, and it’s confirmed that Foals are pretty much my favourite UK band at the moment. Looks like their balls are as big as their brains, now. Here’s to Foals’ balls.

Jamie Fullerton