This month Foals kicked off their first arena tour in the UK including a night at Wembley and with support from Everything Everything and Peace in a DJ slot. At this career-high point for the band, and in eager anticipation of their gig at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Friday night, it feels like an appropriate time to share my top 10 favourite Foals tracks.
Starting off with Foals’ math-rock indie beginnings, ‘Balloons’ shows Foals in full on Antidotes mode. It’s funky, a bit mad, very abstract and just brilliant.
9. Spanish Sahara
One of the statement tracks from Total Life Forever, Foals reveal themselves as the kings of crescendo with this perfectly paced and stunning track.
8. Night Swimmers
Definitely one of the stand out tracks of latest album What Went Down and when it really kicks in at 02.20 – wow, just wow.
7. Blue Blood
As the opening track on their second album, ‘Blue Blood’ showed a new and exciting sound for the band and I love how it makes you feel good but also kind of sad at the same time.
In some ways it’s hard to believe that Antidotes is from the same band as ‘Inhaler’ or ‘What Went Down’ but either way this is such a catchy, quirky and fun little indie track.
5. ‘What Went Down’
An incredibly epic track, Yannis literally roars as he cries ‘When I see a man, I see a lion’. It’s proof of why Foals are one of the best British rock bands right now.
4. Late Night
A perfect example of Foals’ ability to start off a track quiet and gentle and gradually build it into this crescendo of roaring beauty.
3. My Number
The song of summer 2013 and the festival season, ‘My Number’ is probably their best known and definitely their catchiest track.
2. London Thunder
Foals at their most beautiful, late night simplicity. I absolutely adore this track and how it shows a completely different and subdued side to the band.
Well, it had to be didn’t it? Fully charged and ferocious, this track really cemented the band as more than just a youthful indie band. Plus, it’s going to sound awesome live.
Bring on Friday!