Foals' new album campaign is gathering pace. They've just announced three intimate UK shows in the days leading up to the release of their new synth-laden album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 which comes out on 8 March on Warner.
The shows take place in Manchester Gorilla (4 March), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (5), and London EartH (7).
Getting tickets for such intimate gigs (their next run is mostly arenas) will be tough and priority for those who pre-order their forthcoming album by midday (GMT) on 25 February. Head to Foals' official website by then to do so.
And by the sounds of it so far, you could do alright getting your hands on a copy. The single 'Exits' came out recently and exceeded expectations for featuring more experimental studio production than we anticipated; and for showcasing the quality of what they can create without an outside producer. Nothing's overly shiny, there's a grit to it that reflects their rock DNA despite them treading new water.
Meanwhile, new single 'On The Luna' - the second song to be released before the album's out - is a more upbeat summery cut than 'Exits'. It's perfect for blasting out as the days get warmer. Yannis Philippakis' energetic falsetto locks in with some beautiful synth work and tight eclectic guitar styles.
The album's theme, tackles some poignant stuff and it sounds soaked in the present. Speaking with Radio 1's Annie Mac singer Philippakis said there's reflections on 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).
Foals will release a more rock-orientated album later in the year. And it's called, you guessed it, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2.
MARCH – Intimate shows. Pre-order information is mentioned above.
04 - Manchester, Gorilla
05 - Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
07 - London, EartH
11 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
12 - Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
14 - Tunbridge Wells, Bedgebury Pinetum - TICKETS
15 - Birmingham, Digbeth Arena
16 - Birmingham, Digbeth Arena
18 - Glasgow, SWG3 Yard
20 - Thetford, Thetford Forest - TICKETS
21 - London, Alexandra Palace
22 - London, Alexandra Palace
26 - Bournemouth, International Centre