Foals for the middle of the week. In concert at the 2016 BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol and broadcast live from the stage on February 14, 2016.
Foals formed in 2005. The band’s current (as of 2019) line-up consists of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith, and keyboardist Edwin Congreave. They are currently signed to Warner Bros. Records, and have released five studio albums to date: Antidotes (2008), Total Life Forever (2010), Holy Fire (2013), What Went Down (2015), and Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 (2019). They have also released one video album, six extended plays and nineteen singles.
The band have toured internationally for over a decade, and have featured at festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and Roskilde. They have won a number of awards, including best live act at the 2013 Q Awards while producers Alan Moulder and Flood were awarded ‘UK Producer of the Year’ for their work on the album Holy Fire.
The band’s most recent studio album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 was released in March of 2019. Their sixth and immediate follow-up, Part 2, is currently scheduled for release in October 2019.
In autumn 2017, Foals announced on social media that they were going to start recording materials for a new upcoming album.
On January 5, 2018, they announced that bassist Walter Gervers was departing the band amicably, whilst recording of the fifth album continued.
On 8 January 2019, the band teased their fifth and sixth studio albums, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 and Part 2, respectively. Part 1 was released on March 8, 2019, while the latter will release on 18 October 2019.
On 19 February 2019, it was revealed that Jeremy Pritchard, of the British band Everything Everything would join as touring bassist for the band’s upcoming live shows of 2019.
The release of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 was preceded by the release on streaming services of Exits (also as an edit), On The Luna and Sunday. The album was the BBC 6 Music Album of the Day on the day of its release.
Foals are considered one of the top UK live acts, having won the 2013 Q Award for Best Live Act and twice being nominated for the NME Award for Best Live Act (2011 and 2013).
The band have released several live EPs (Live At Liars Club, iTunes Live: London Festival ’08 and iTunes Festival: London 2010), in addition to the full length concert film Live At The Royal Albert Hall, which was directed by Dave Ma.
Frontman Yannis Philippakis is known for jumping off balconies and crowd surfing during the extended interlude of “Two Steps Twice.” In October 2013, Philippakis got into a confrontation with a security guard at the Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand, as the security guard attempted to prevent him jumping into the crowd. At the end of the show, Philippakis told the crowd: “I want to say a massive thank you to you and fuck that security guy.”
In case you missed them at Bristol in 2016, and want to catch up, hit Play and crank it up.