It’s just days since the first instalment of Foals’ epic double album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’ was shortlisted for the coveted Mercury Prize.
The Oxfordshire band are well known for their raw and energetic live performances - frontman Yannis Philippakis jumped from the first-floor balcony at Paris’ famous Bataclan on their latest tour - and ‘Black Bull’, the first single from Part 2, follows this formula perfectly.
‘Black Bull’ is the closest thing to the merciless intensity of their live shows that the band can record in a studio
‘Black Bull’ - just like its horned animal namesake - is a raging and ferocious track, with Yannis’ feral vocals roaring over what he describes as possibly the “heaviest” track the band have ever recorded. With its ruthless guitar riffs, pounding drums and unrelenting rock spirit, ‘Black Bull’ is the closest thing to the merciless intensity of their live shows that the band can record in a studio. Foals’ unbridled energy has propelled them from hipster favourites to British rock royalty, with the artful arrangements from their 2008 Math-Rock debut ‘Antidotes’ providing the base for their success on Part 1 of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ which fuses this intricacy with a dance-inspired sound.
‘Black Bull’ has set the stage perfectly for Part 2 - arriving in October - which will likely be a more traditional ‘rock’ record. Foals have come out swinging and nothing’s gonna stop them now.