When Foals first hit the scene with debut album Antidote you would have been hard done by to spot anything about them that separated them from the bland indie scene, they broke out with hit single Cassius a song with a chorus so catchy it still haunts my mind, going back to these, quite frankly, boring album its incredibly hard to understand what happened when they followed it up with the superb Total Life Forever. Their second album garnered a Mercury nomination and took the band to a whole new level in the industry, creating songs so beautifully layered the more you listen to them the more you get from them. As Holy Fire is released next Monday the question left to answer is whether that album was just a fluke or whether Foals can continue to push boundaries and rise in power atop the indie scene.
The first single from Holy Fire was release a few months back, Inhaler is a power punch of a tune taking the signature rippling guitars from Total Life Forever and combining them with grunged-up Black Keys style riffs, it is one of the best songs I’ve heard in years. On the album there’s one track that surpasses even though; the juggernaut that is Providence follows a similar structure to Inhaler but the stops and starts make the excitement multiply even more. The rest of the tracks are more similar to the calm nature of their previous album but still have a bit more of a bite. There’s much more distortion to be found here amongst the masterfully produced layered guitar sounds making for a similar sound but ultimately making the album slightly more raw and gritty perhaps signalling the band might move into a more rock-y root in their future.
While I wish not to like Foals because they all seem like twats really, its impossible to deny that they are creating music of the highest quality around today. Holy Fire beats Total Life Forever at its own game and the two tracks I’ve spoken about show how much pent up potential is still within them waiting to come out, I’ve got my fingers crossed that the heavier route is the direction these guys choose to take these twats know their shit.