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Foals are an English indie rock band from Oxford, UK. The musical style of the band varies between math rock, indie rock and new rave. The group was formed in 2005, when the former frontman of “The Edmund Fitzgerald” Janis Filippakis moved in Foals is Andrew Mers. Janis with the band made a Studio recording of the first release “Try This on Your Piano/Look at My Furrows of Worry”. The composition of Foals in addition to Filippakis includes drummer Jack Bevan, guitarist Jimmy Smith, bassist Walter Gervers and keyboardist Edwin Congreve.
Spending his childhood on the Greek island of Karpathos, the future frontman of Foals, Yannis Philippakis repeatedly watched his father and other local men organize a traditional ritual “mandinades”, telling the story of his native village by means of song improvisations. Yannis himself in “mandinades” was not involved, but have not forgotten about it either in 1994, he moved to English Oxford, or in ten years, and founded the art-punk band Foals: “We wanted to try to make music that is similar to that ritual. We wanted a holiday.”
The first performances took place at house parties in Oxford, the scene in most cases was absent, the band played directly to the crowd. The popularity of the band came in 2007, after the filming of the British TV series “Skins”, where the team acted as themselves. Their tracks are like the British division of MTV, had organized the group programme “Spanking New Sessions” and petitsikapau performance in 2008.Songs – “Balloons”, “Red Sox Pugie”, “Cassius”, “Olympic Airways”and “The French Open” became popular on student radio stations, and permanent mention on major TV channels like E4 and the BBC made the brand famous.
March 24, 2008 with the help of a record label Transgressive Records have released the debut album “Antidotes”, consisting of 11 tracks. The album was a commercial success, reaching third place in the UK chart. A more modest success expect group in other countries: “Antidotes” charted only in France, Japan and the Netherlands.
In August 2009, foals started recording their second album at Svenska Grammofon Studion in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Total Life Forever”, the group has been described by the sound of it feels like “tropical prog”. They also argue that the album is less Groovy than originally planned. The album was produced by Luke Smith of Clor. The record was named after the element of the theory of ray Kurzweil’s singularity. Some time Giannis was fond of futurology, which can be seen in the lyrics from “Total Life Forever”.
19 October 2012, the panel on the page in Facebook has announced that their new album will be called “Holy Fire”. After a week there appeared information that the album will go on sale in Britain on 11 February 2013. The album became the most commercially successful, failing to reach the 2nd position of the British album chart, and also topped the national charts of Australia.
The fourth LP of the band “What Went Down” will be released on 28 August via Transgressive Records. The producer of the album was James Ford, who previously worked with Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Florence And The Machine, Mumford & Sons and many other British performers. The members of the group named their forthcoming album “the most heavy and loud for all time of existence of the Foals”.