Foals (formed 2005)
Foals are an alternative rock band formed in Oxford, UK consisting of five members: Yannis Philippakis (Lead singer and guitarist), Jack Bevan (Drummer), Jimmy Smith (Rhythm guitarist), Walter Gervers (Bassist), Edwin Congreave (Synth, Keyboard). They are best known for their tracks 'Olympic Airways' and 'My Number'.
Formation: Yannis and Jack started writing music from an early age when playing with Lina Simon in their first band 'The Edmund Fitzgerald', but later disbanded due to things becoming "too serious". Walter and Jimmy were also part of a small Oxford band early on called 'Face Meets Grill', which disbanded after playing Truck Festival in 2004 on account of the members wanting to pursue different paths. Once Foals had formed, every member of the group (apart from Jimmy) dropped out of university to focus on the band after having been signed with Transgressive Records - even Yannis, who abandoned an Oxford degree in English Literature.
Musical career: Foals are known to have developed and transformed their sound over the course of the seven year period since their first record was released in summer 2008. Their debut album 'Antidotes' peaked at number 3 on the UK album charts, with popular singles like 'Cassius' and 'Red Socks Pugie' being included on the track list. The ambiguous lyrics and high-pitched indie guitar riffs were exchanged for some deeper sounding synth and experimental rhythms with 2010's 'Total Life Forever' - an album which was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize and included the popular 'Spanish Sahara' that was used in TV shows such as 'Misfits' and 'Skins'. Foals' third album was released in February 2013 entitled 'Holy Fire' - consisting of much heavier, more versatile and more honest tracks such as 'Inhaler' and 'Providence'. Foals fourth and latest album 'What Went Down' is set to come out on the 28th August 2015. Known as one of the greatest live bands in the country and having previously headlined festivals such as Parklife, Bestival and Latitude, Foals last UK tour ended with two sell-out gigs at Alexandra Palace in February 2014. In 2013 Q awarded Foals with the Best Live Act award whilst 'Inhaler' became NME's Best Track of 2013. 'Holy Fire' was also the NME reader nominated 'Best Album of 2013'. Socially frontman Yannis has mirrored the image of musicians like Thom Yorke in denouncing the music streaming service Spotify. He's proved himself to be controversial at times and not afraid to state his views and opinions, exemplified in 2013 when he called David Guetta's music, 'bulls**t. It is an abomination.'
The first single is the title track, available soon.
Much loved in the UK since their debut in 2008, Foals finally broke through internationally in 2013, and now they're back again with their hugely exciting fourth album 'What Went Down' this summer. Get your first taster with the title single, available soon.
Foals are coming with new album 'What Went Down'
The Oxford quintet have been working in the South of France for the recording of this album, taking on the unlikely setting of a 19th century mill as artistic inspiration. They teamed up with a new producer, Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford who has previously worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and, most recently, Mumford & Sons.
Continue reading: Foals To Make A Grand Return With 'Madman' Summer Album 'What Went Down'
The Parklife organisers were forced to apologise after causing some distress.
The organisers of Manchester's Parklife Festival have apologised after sending out marketing SMS messages to festivalgoers, claiming to be from the recipients' mothers. "Some of the Parklife after parties have already sold out. If your going, make sure your home for breakfast," the messages read, in a bid to sell tickets for the after-show events.
Ros Prior, a music fan whose mother died three years ago from multiple sclerosis, was one of the people who received the message.
Continue reading: Parklife Festival Apologises For Worst Marketing Campaign of 2014
Beck and Foals join Outkast for Bestival 2014.
Beck and Foals have been added to the line-up of this year’s Bestival festival, joining fellow headliners Outkast. Beck will headline the main stage on Thursday night, with Outkast on Friday and Foals on the Saturday night.
Foals will headline Bestival on Saturday night
Festival curator and DJ Rob da Bank made the announcement saying, "Ahoy there shipmates and welcome to my desert island! Yes folks, HMS Bestival has set sail once more and we have finally landed back on the Isle of Wight for our 11th instalment - a Desert Island Disco. Foals were voted best live act of last year and I'm delighted they'll be headlining the Saturday night – there’s no better indie guitar band in the UK right now.
What's Dom Gourlay's number one album of 2013?
After an immense year for music, here's reviewer Dom Gourlay's favourites for 2013 - and possibly for a long while after!
Arcade Fire 'Reflektor' - Early reviews were ridiculously negative, probably because journos were invited to a one-hour listening session in a plush Soho bar while being plied with free booze. The test of time has proved otherwise. And some.
Continue reading: Dom Gourlay's Top 10 Albums Of 2013
Hayley Fox tells us her top 10 albums of 2013
Darkside 'Psychic' - After an EP in 2011, Darkside released their debut album this year. The duo - the project of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington - gave as good as they got on 'Psychic', honing their talents as individual musicians. Wonderfully crisp textures ride over its entirety, creating a rich, confident ambience.
Continue reading: Hayley Fox's Top Albums of 2013
We're tipping Arctic Monkeys for a second Mercury Music Prize, but the bookies are sticking with Laura Mvula's 'Sing to the Moon.'
Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.
Laura Mvula Is The Favourite For the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
For weeks, Disclosure's Settle has been the bookmakers' favorite to win the Barclaycard sponsored prize and £20,000 prize money, though on Wednesday Mvula's impressive record - a fusion of jazz, pop and even orchestral elements- was cut to just 4/6 with most bookies. Paddy Power are still holding strong with even money odds, but there's been an undeniable shift in who the bookmakers believe will win the Mercury Music Prize, presented by Lauren Laverne tonight.
Continue reading: Is Laura Mvula The Winner of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?
The self described voice of "urgent" and "reflective" music in the UK and Ireland has once again picked a predictable shortlist of albums for the once prestigious award
The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize this week announce the shortlist for it's 12 favourite albums of the last 12 months, albums that it claims are "urgent" and are "reflective" of the evolving sound of contemporary music. Once a haven for alternative acts like Portishead and Gomez, this years awards once again have gone for the most obvious choices and rather than celebrate any "urgent" talent, artists that routinely play on the radio or television have been picked ahead of the Hookworms and Darkstars of the British and Irish music scene.
The Arctic Monkeys are hardly an "urgent" band
The Arctic Monkeys are now a bonafied rock staple, whilst Foals and Laura Marling have each been nominated in the past and are regularly given air time on 6 Music or Jools Holland, etc., not to mention the fact that Marling has been handed a BRIT Award too. As for newcomers Disclosure, Rudimental and Jake Bugg, neither are exactly challenging their respective fields of house, drum and bass and rockabilly, but simply making it more radio-friendly and pop accessible. This isn't a dig either, this is something that all three artists should openly agree with. As for David Bowie; he's David Bowie. Need we say more?
Continue reading: Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced, But Does It Even Matter Anymore?