In a striking statement-of-intent, Foals’ current album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 has pushed their ambition to new heights. Blending an unconventional two-part concept with an ever-widening sonic palette and lyrics which address a world in flux, it proves that Foals continue to evolve in unexpected ways.
Now Foals extend the album’s burgeoning reputation with a double-shot of activity. The band are sharing the new single and emerging fan favourite In Degrees to coincide with the news that they’re confirmed to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Saturday, May 2.
In keeping with the album’s unrestrained creativity, In Degrees is an experimental exploration that maintains the band’s identity. With frenetic, clattering percussion and propulsive bass underpinning the band’s urgent energy, Foals channel LCD Soundsystem and New Order to create a fresh angle to their unique sound.
In contrast to the song’s euphoric vibe, frontman Yannis Philippakis’s lyrics imagine a dark, near future “Where your ability to talk to each other has been reduced to nothing.” It’s a message that could be interpreted as both the personal fear of a failing relationship or a widescreen Black Mirror-styled vision of a dystopian destiny.
The striking accompanying video is directed by Aaron Brown, whose previous work includes R U Mine by Arctic Monkeys and Easy Easy by King Krule, commenting on the video Brown explains “What excited me about the track was the dance feel that Foals were doing in contrast to the lyrics. They’ve always had some of that danceability in their music but this track is a no holds barred, make no mistake about it, post-punk, four on the floor, dance track. In contrast to the music though, is a solemn verse and brooding chorus.”
Foals have been taking Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 all over the globe since the album was released including full-scale shows spanning USA, Canada and Latin America and intimate gigs in the UK. Details of Foals dates are below tickets available from the usual retailers. Consider Twicket when looking for tickets for sold out shows.
Foal UK Headline Shows:
Tuesday 11 June Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 12 June Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (SOLD OUT)
Friday 14 June Tunbridge Wells, Bedgebury Pinetum
Saturday 15 June Birmingham, Digbeth Arena (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 16 June Birmingham, Digbeth Arena (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 18 June Glasgow, SWG3 Yard (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 20 June Thetford, Thetford Forest
Friday 21 June London, Alexandra Palace (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 22 June – London, Alexandra Palace (SOLD OUT)
26th – Bournemouth, International Centre
Foals Festival Appearances:
Friday 24 May Newcastle, This is Tomorrow
Saturday 25 May Middlesbrough, Radio 1’s Big Weekend
25 – 28 July Y Not? Festival
26 – 28 July Truck Festival