Hear the album first and get the lowdown
NME sat down with frontman Yannis Philippakis and guitarist Jimmy Smith to get the lowdown on the origins, inspiration and evolution of each song on their forthcoming fifth album – the first of two records coming in 2019, and one that takes in Balearic beats, sci-fi synths, prog rock riffs and a touch of the cinematic to reflect “this post-millennial dread that everyone’s swimming in”.
To hear the album first along with the band’s own insight, tune into NME 1 at 00.01am on Friday March 8.
It will then be replayed at 6pm on NME 2 on Sunday March 10. Click here to find out more about how you can listen to NME Radio.
“The lyrical threads are through both records,” Philippakis told NME. “It’s not yin and yang or anything corny like that. You can also tell that it’s a band working in the same space over the same period of time. If you were to put it crudely, the first record is probably more keyboard-driven and has slightly more of a new wave feel to it. Then album two has more of the heavier rock frenetic energy. “
Drummer Jack Bevan added: “It felt like the fight in between the members of the band in order to edit it into the size of one album would have just been too brutal.
“The tracks work together. There are a lot of pairings on both records, and little groups of tracks that are friends to each other.”
Foals release ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’ on Friday, March 8. ‘Part 2’ will follow in the Autumn.
The band’s upcoming UK and Ireland headline tour dates are below.
Monday March 4, 2019 – MANCHESTER Gorilla
Tuesday March 5, 2019 – EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday March 7, 2019 – LONDON EartH
Friday May 24, 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Exhibition Park
Tuesday June 11, 2019 – MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
Wednesday June 12, 2019 – MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
Friday June 14, 2019 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Bedgebury Pinetum
Saturday June 15, 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Digbeth Arena
Sunday June 16, 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Digbeth Arena
Tuesday June 18, 2019 – GLASGOW SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
Thursday June 20, 2019 – BRANDON Thetford Forest
Friday June 21, 2019 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Saturday June 22, 2019 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Wednesday June 26, 2019 – BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Tuesday July 2, 2019 – DUBLIN Trinity College