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Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals -- whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name -- began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan's former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single "Try This on Your Piano" in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar, and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed. The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgressive Records, which released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks. Two years later the band returned with its sophomore album, Total Life Forever, released by Transgressive Records. After having songs appear on shows like Entourage and Misfits, the band returned in early 2013 with its third album, the expansive and more balanced Holy Fire, Foals' first record to chart outside of Western Europe, cracking the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and topping the album chart in Australia. A concert DVD/Blu-ray, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, followed that fall, and picking up where Holy Fire left off, What Went Down arrived in the summer of 2015. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Mountain at My Gates
  3.   Miami
  4.   Inhaler
  5.   Spanish Sahara
  6.   Olympic Airways
  7.   Total Life Forever
  8.   Cassius
  9.   My Number
  10.   What Went Down
  11.   This Orient
  12.   Balloons
  13.   Red Socks Pugie
  14.   Two Steps Twice
  15.   Milk & Black Spiders
  16.   Bad Habit
  17.   Birch Tree
  18.   Night Swimmers
  19.   A Knife in the Ocean
  20.   Mathletics
  21.   Snake Oil
  22.   Late Night
  23.   Lonely Hunter
  24.   London Thunder
  25.   Tron
  26.   Albatross
  27.   Give It All
  28.   Out of the Woods
  29.   Prelude
  30.   2 Trees
  31.   Fugue
  32.   Black Gold
  33.   Hummer
  34.   The Chronic
  35.   Moon
  36.   Providence
  37.   Everytime
  38.   What Remains
  39.   After Glow
  40.   Big Big Love (Fig 2)
  41.   Electric Bloom
  42.   French Open
  43.   A Song for You
  44.   Stepson
  45.   Big Big Love (Fig #1)
  46.   Astronauts and All
  47.   Blue Blood
  48.   Alabaster
  49.   Like Swimming
  50.   Heavy Water
  51.   Brazil Is Here

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