Indie pop titans Foals have today made their hotly-awaited comeback, unleashing new tracks 'Exits' first on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show and now on all streaming platforms. You can listen to it on Gigwise below.
Foals also announced June 2019 UK tour dates that sit between the release dates of two albums that will come out this year: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 is released on 8 March and Part 2 is out in autumn. See the tour dates below.
The new song - the first of 20 to become this year from the two albums - sees a main melody played on electronic hardware but they retain the dark heavy rock edge that's always run through their core as artists, thanks to a rich layered mix combing myriad influences.
Lyrically, there's an anxiety and sadness that compliments the unnerving, unsettling sound. Speaking about one of the main lines in the song - "The world is upside down" - Yannis Philippakis tells Radio 1 - briefly - of specifics that inspired this. His mentions aren't limited to but include the threat of climate change, the doom and gloom in the headlines (he keeps his cards close to his chest, but dismay towards the rise of Trump and Brexit most probably).
The theme of a messed up world is said to run throughout the albums but not necessarily marks every song.
The albums they've recorded are the first since the departure of bassist Walter Gerves and the first without an outside producer at the helm.
Frontman Yannis took the controls here, and by the sounds of it, it’s been a great decision. The success of the recoding is perhaps down to the band being at the most dedicated to the recording process they’ve ever been.
Speaking of how they managed to exercise more ideas than ever before, the band tell Radio 1 they had a year in the studio and so could take their time with it. The longest recording time they had prior to this was two months.
For fans wanting a more rock album, the autumn release is said to be heavier and more reflective of their live show, and less experimental studio layering.
The full Annie Mac interview can be found here.
Foals UK tour dates;
11 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
14 - Tunbridge Wells, Bedgebury Pinetum - TICKETS
15 - Birmingham, Digbeth Arena
18 - Glasgow, SWG3 Yard
20 - Thetford, Thetford Forest - TICKETS
21 - London, Alexandra Palace
26 - Bournemouth, International Centre
Tickets for the UK dates go onsale at 9am on 1 February 2019