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Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals -- whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name -- began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan's former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single "Try This on Your Piano" in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar, and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed. The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgressive Records, which released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks. Two years later the band returned with its sophomore album, Total Life Forever, released by Transgressive Records. After having songs appear on shows like Entourage and Misfits, the band returned in early 2013 with its third album, the expansive and more balanced Holy Fire, Foals' first record to chart outside of Western Europe, cracking the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and topping the album chart in Australia. A concert DVD/Blu-ray, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, followed that fall, and picking up where Holy Fire left off, What Went Down arrived in the summer of 2015. ~ Marisa Brown
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Albums by
Foals

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    10 songs

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    What Went Down [LP]

    11 songs

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    Holy Fire

    11 songs

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    Total Life Forever

    14 songs

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    Antidotes

    1 song

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    What Went Down [Bandwidth Remix]

    1 song

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    Night Swimmers [Mura Masa Remix]

    1 song

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    Mountain At My Gates

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    Mountain At My Gates

    1 song

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    London Thunder

    1 song

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    A Knife in the Ocean

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    Mountain at My Gates

    1 song

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    What Went Down

    1 song

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    Inhaler

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    Red Socks Pugie

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    Cassius

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    Balloons

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    Mathletics

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    Hummer

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    This Orient

    22 songs

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    Tapes

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    Bad Habit EP

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    Late Night

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    Live at the Royal Albert Hall


Top Songs by
Foals

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  2.   Mountain at My Gates
  3.   Inhaler
  4.   Miami
  5.   Spanish Sahara
  6.   What Went Down
  7.   My Number
  8.   Total Life Forever
  9.   Olympic Airways
  10.   Cassius
  11.   Balloons
  12.   Red Socks Pugie
  13.   This Orient
  14.   Bad Habit
  15.   Milk & Black Spiders
  16.   A Knife in the Ocean
  17.   Birch Tree
  18.   Night Swimmers
  19.   Snake Oil
  20.   Two Steps Twice
  21.   Late Night
  22.   Astronauts and All
  23.   London Thunder
  24.   A Song for You
  25.   What Remains
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