that was then, this is now. Foals have come a long way in
a very short time. In less than a year since they formed,
they are happily signed to Transgressive, have flown over
to industry talent show South by Southwest in Texas, have
released their first single, Hummer, and are soon flying out
to New York to record their first album with the producer
of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
hate them if you didn't love them so much. Their music, while
a bit too full of Atari beeps for my taste, is full of energy,
catchy hooks and, if you could hear them through the constant
guitar assaults, lyrics that are actually trying to say something.
They are also famed for their pounding, frenzied live shows.
But don't make the mistake of calling them indie. "We
would never describe ourselves as indie," I am told when
I dare to mention the word, "We're different to the other
bands out there. We're trying to do something fresh that doesn't
just set out to rehash music from ten years ago. Well, we
might have a go at ripping some techno off, but translating
that into guitars is something that not many other people
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noise surrounding Oxford band the Foals is growing almost as loud
as their storming live sets. Maxine Gallagher meets Yannis, the
driving force behind this energetic fivesome, to find out the
secrets behind their rapid success. And what's with the tennis
his dark and broody appearance, Foals' singer Yannis begins by
telling me that he likes to talk, "a lot". I set the
recorder rolling and, true to his word, he doesn't stop talking
for over half an hour. So much so that he takes an untouched bottle
of beer with him when he leaves.
is one Foal with something to say.
starts by taking on Oxford University. Two Foals (including him)
made it into Oxford only to leave several months later to pursue
a musical career. The other three also dropped out of university
at the time. Yannis, who studied English literature for that brief
time, peppers his speech with plenty of multi-syllabic words,
but it's clear that a life of academia was not for him. He talks
of the embarrassment of handing naïve, badly written essays
to highly knowledgeable dons and his despair with the type of
pompous Oxford student that goes there just to use the name as