The release of fourth album What Went Down re-established the place of Mercury Prize nominees Foals in the musical big leagues in 2015, and reminded fans and the music press why the group continue to command headline slots at the UK's top festivals. Yannis Philippakis and the boys have progressed from math rock, to dance funk and their latest record embraces hard rock and all of its nuances.
As best live act winners at both the NME and Q Music Awards, their shows are an unmissable force of beautifully constructed guitar riffs, intricate rhythmic hooks and the soaring, haunting vocals of Philippakis. So what are you waiting for? Buy Foals tickets onow at n StubHub UK, assured by our industry-first FanProtect™ Guarantee.
Foals: from math rock to hard rock
After breaking away from previous groups, Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith, Walter Gervers and Edwin Congreave came together in 2005 with the intention of having more fun with their music. By 2007, they had cultivated a math rock sound that would be evident in first singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics", the latter of which featured on TV drama Skins. Merging elements of techno with a staccato guitar sound, debut album Antidotes was released in 2008 and saw great commercial success, along with giving the group their first top five hit in the UK album charts. Stemming from Philippakis' fascination with futurology, the band's second album had a distinctively scientific feel with its title, Total Life Forever, drawn from Ray Kurzweil's theory of singularity. Single "Spanish Sahara" was a stand-out success and propelled the five piece into the spotlight after it featured on shows from Entourage to Outcasts and Misfits. Furthermore, the album was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize before the group headed back to the studio.
Re-emerging in 2013 with Holy Fire, the band cited influences ranging from voodoo to Haitian rhythms and revealed that their recording sessions involved a few unconventional moments, such as making percussion instruments out of bones. Praised for its uninhibited sound, the record hit the number two spot in the UK charts, spawned singles such as "Inhaler" and "My Number" before being nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize. As their fame rose, so did the size of the venues in which they would play electrifying live sets. 2015 saw them return not only with new album What Went Down, which takes on a new and improved hard rock sound, with a fifth album in the works. Don't miss your chance to see them live when they're next out on tour: buy Foals tickets at StubHub UK.
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