This one's not to be missed
Lee Wakefield
11:40 12th August 2015

Foals have unveiled plans for a small London gig to celebrate the release of new album What Went Down.

The band will play Village Underground on 25 August, three days before their fourth album drops, and fans can apply for tickets via a ballot system on their website. Apply before 10am on 13 August to ensure you have a chance of purchasing tickets.

In a statement, the band explained: "We wanted to play a sweaty London gig around the album release. One where we finally get to play some more new songs." We're predicting a riotous show.

Check out a lyric video for 'A Knife In The Ocean' by Foals below 

Last month, Foals revealed that they had turned down the opportunity to fill the special guest slot at Glastonbury, saying: "I’d been smoking too much. Our shows are so physical that I’d have been wheezing."

What Went Down will be released on 28 August.

  • 12. 'Mathletics': Who knows why this didn’t make it onto the band’s debut album. The track bares all the foundations of the playful beats and intricate guitars that drew so many to the band. Close your eyes and you can picture them awkwardly facing each-other on stage, playing their little socks off.

  • 11. 'Balloons': Featured on their debut album, Antidotes, this served as many people's introduction to the band. It showcased their math rock meets physicatry session gone wrong sound, combining manic harmonised shouts with piercing guitars and ominous horns.

  • 10. 'The French Open': One of band's defining math rock moments. The track's unrelenting snares and french speaking shouts play out like a carefully crafted musical formula.

  • 9. 'Cassius': Another example of Yannis Phillapikis's relentless hook writing abilities. Who the hell is Casisus and where did all those horns come from? Who cares, we were all too busy dancing and shouting along.

  • 8. 'Black Gold': A more understated record on sophomore album Total Life Forever, a record filled with larger than life moments. The whining guitars swallow you whole and take you deep under the ocean presented on the album cover.

  • 7. 'My Number': A welcome splash of colour on Holy Fire, an album mostly engulfed in intense flames. The drum breaks combined with funky bass tones are the closest the group will ever come to making a dance number.

  • 6. Miami: A track that's memorable for one of the band’s most contagious choruses. Its chant of, "would you be there for me" bounces perfectly off strangely pleasing and slightly distorted guitar plucks.

  • 5.Late Night: Another perfect example of the band's ability to combine technical guitar funkiness with beautifully sludgy ambience. Yanni’s final plea of “stay with me” is both painfully desperate and victorious.

  • 4. 'Prelude': The opening to Holy Fire immediately sets the tone for an album that surprised many with its sonic intensity. As soon as those distorted guitar riffs arrive with the drums we’re thrown into a world of fury.

  • 3. 'Bad Habit': Yannis' voice changed on Holy Fire, the frontman embracing his ability to create warped melodies which perfectly match the dark and rich momentum of this particular track.

  • 2. 'Red Sox Pugie': lyrically, this almost feels like a prelude to ‘Spanish Sahara.’ It still has its own identity though, with it it’s tweaking guitars and an infectiously fast drum beat forcing you to bob your head in a socially unacceptable way.

  • 1. 'Spanish Sahara': Probably the most unforgettable cut off their sophomore album, Total Life Forever. A slow building atmosphere reaches an overwhelming crescendo of sound during the finale and is spine tinglingly great. "A quoir of furies in your head" is a line that will stay with you long after the music stops.

More about:


Photo: WENN