What is the style of this band? There are as many opinions on that as there are many music websites – minimal, math rock, indie rock. Somebody even thought up such a style as dance rock. Anyway – it is really easy to enjoy them. Sounds remind of 70’s, incoherent lyrics and weird funny members of band sets light and enjoyable fun mood.
“We wanted to create music which would be very technical, which wouldn’t be only for parties, but at the same time that would be cheerful and people could dance to it.” – says Yannis Philippakis (guitar/vocals).
Band baptized themselves with a name of “Foals” from a nickname of vocalist Yanni, which translated from Greek language means “little horse lover“. It all began in a small room which became a studio. When everyone started to express their thoughts and ideas, it came apparent that band members are very critical of each other. There were conflicts in the beginning, but finally they reached some result – percussion, no chords, guitars playing higher than 12 fret and a little bit of synthesizer. That’s how this weird and last century sounding band came to be. Something is wrong with those guitars.
Band’s precise sound is merit of Steve Reich. It is him, who introduced the world with meaning of musical minimalism in 60’s..
I hate messy music. It is an annoying thing, and it has invincible attraction. It doesn’t interfere with daily life it’s just aesthetics. I like music which has structure, order and model. And I like when different pieces of different templates go together weirdly. — Yannis Philippakis.
I want that words of the song would highlight the music and not other way around – when words put music into shade. Those aren’t some kind of stories; those are just views, which I see in my head. The lyrics are pushed into the second plan, they are separated from the music, — says the singer.
Work is done by so called sixth band member – Tinhead. He creates surreal painting for a song, shows how it should sound visually. Those weird lines, retro colors and buzzing birds – all are his fault. He cuts out something like soviet attributes and pastes it in the background of flowers. These incompatible, warped and put together again manipulations reflect the music.
More on the band and it’s performances here.