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new album, ‘Holy Fire’ going on “a little bit of a journey.” It’s a fair statement; it’s as if the tracks of this, their third album pass the baton between each other, themselves an aerial view of the Foals journey so far. To take their two lead singles as an example, ‘Inhaler’ soundchecks the formative Foals years, with casual yelps and at times, anti-narrative lyrics, but then ‘My Number’ clunk clicks itself into a pop-friendly groove, with linear progression and all the funk of a Chromeo record. It makes their overall patchwork quilt of three albums a joy to explore, and is why four years after our first, we interview Foals again, ahead of their Norwich jaunt.


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f you read the unabridged version of this interview online, Foals’ bassist Walter Gervers talks about their


was just a certain link which was up somewhere from the label so that people could get it in time, which spread like wildfire, but if you can close them down, then…


We do appreciate your time again – we interviewed Jack about four years ago. It’s been a good while since then, and album three’s now on the way, I can’t believe it! I know, I know, it’s amazing. It’s been a real work in progress for a long time, and now it’s only a few days from release. It’s weird; it creeps up on you in the end.


You’ve done really well to keep it under wraps. Tere’ve been no leaks, I don’t think…


Well no, I think there actually was one, but we managed to control it with the help of the label and stuff. It’s a shame as well, because people think that they have some right to do that and it’s like, ‘c’mon, at least let the band release their own record after so much work.’


When you said you “controlled it”, you sounded ever so slightly sinister. What did you do to these people?! [LAUGHS] Yeah, we disappeared them! [LAUGHS] No, no, I think there


It’s been that tightly guarded here that only one of our team could hear it. What excites me though is that I read a quote from Yannis that said this album “…has the greatest internal diversity within it.” Were those your intentions going in to it? Well, I think yeah, the intention to make a varied and interesting record is always the main aim. We didn’t want to make an album that was 11 tracks of the same thing. I think there’s some really honest, straight- forward pop songs in there, which is something we haven’t really explored too much before as a band, you know, then there’s other tracks which carry a lot more weight, like ‘Milk’ and ‘Late Night’, ‘Providence’ and things – those are the bigger, weightier songs. And then there’s small moments of quite intimate, quite beautiful moments, like ‘Moon’ at the end of the record. We’re really pleased with the variety of it; I think that’s really important, as an album. All our favourite records are ones which have a lot of colour to them, and surprise you, you know.


Just to talk about a couple of those tracks from the album though, Alex, our writer that got the pleasure of reviewing your album, suggested in his review that ‘Providence’ would “break you in half” if you weren’t


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