Vocalist Andrew Mears, who formed Foals, was also in Youthmovies. Jack Bevan, and Yannis Philippakis were in The Edmund Fitzgerald, a band that was deemed too 'serious' by its members and not very interesting by the public.
Meanwhile, Walter Gervers and Jimmy Smith were part of Face Meets Grill (a great band name). Both The Edmund Fitzgerald and Face Meets Grill bit the dust leaving former members available to join the Oxford, England based Foals. But following the release of the group's debut single, "Try This On Your Piano/Look At My Furrows Of Worry," Mears left to focus on Youthmovies and their debut full-length album. Edwin Congreave was added to the line-up.
Produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, debut set "Antidotes," sounded like it was "it was recorded in the Grand Canyon." So the group remixed the '08 album themselves.
"Antidotes" peaked at #3 on the U.K. chart. Also, the song "Hummer" was used on the teen TV drama Skins.
"Total Life Forever" dropped two years later. The track "Spanish Sahara" was another track heard in Skins and in other TV shows.
The Foals' third effort was '13's "Holy Fire." During the sessions, producers Flood and Alan Moulder, recorded the group's rehearsals in order to capture a more uninhibited sound. That was a good idea.
In the New Musical Express (NME) reader's poll "Holy Fire" was named Best Album of 2013 and "Inhaler," the set's lead single, received the Best Track award. Also, the single "My Number" won the poll's "Best Song of 2013" honor.
"What Went Down" arrived in '15. The accolades started up again when Rolling Stone magazine gave the album a four-star rating (out of a possible five).
2010 Total Life Forever
2013 Holy Fire
2015 What Went Down