Exposure - Foals
Tomorrow’s music today. This issue: Foals
Mixing a love of techno, Timbaland and loud guitars really is no rarity these days but what sets Foals apart from the rest is the Brighton-based quintet’s musical prowess, math rock tendencies and fierce opinions on many of today’s modern acts. Yannis Philippakis (vocals/guitar) unleashes one of these trademark diatribes during a caffeine-fuelled catch-up while en route to a recent London gig.
So Foals front man, what exactly is your problem?
There are so many bands around at the moment and so much shit. Most of our peers are just these products of heavily commercialised, bubblegum Hollyoaks culture and trad crap that people try to force on you saying it’s the voice of a generation. You certainly won’t catch us backstage ‘jamming’ or collaborating with Jack Peñate or whoever . . .
And what do you plan to do about it?
We want to show people that not everything is this London-centric white-boy guitar thing in winklepickers with Hoxton hairdos . . . and that you can do something a bit different. We want a place where music is about provoking a physical reaction not playing a certain club night, and hopefully as we become more successful, people will start to realise that it is possible to have your cake and eat it too.
Fighting talk indeed – so was your recent musical association with Channel 4 series Skins also part of this masterplan?
I was in a bit of a quandary about doing it as I have never watched it and probably never will but ultimately I want as many people as possible to hear our records. Maybe through us, kids could then find out about Fugazi and Fela Kuti and Afrobeat, which would be amazing because when I was 13 I was still listening to Kris Kross . . .
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Mon 24 Sep.