Favorite Performance Of 2013// Foals//Neptune Theater//Seattle
Favorite Album Of 2013//Foals//Holy Fire
Favorite Song Of 2013//Foals//Bad Habit
2013 is over. Passing rapidly in a hurry, but also long and intense. Thinking back I can break apart certain points of the year into segments according to what I was into and experiencing. Seattle’s music scene offered up many choices for all moods. The hip hop scene was exploding, alt country was leveling out, the warm surf rolled in, and electronic artists blew up dance filled venues. So many choices. So many shows. I love my city’s scene and culture.
As I pulled up my sleeves for another gorgeous year in music I took on sort of an eclectic approach. I wanted to learn the history of the artists that paved the way for what we hear and create today; diving deep into the records of rock’n roll, studying the roots of reggae and psychedelic architects. This lead to many nights of joyful music documentaries and insightful listening sessions.
Sometimes when you listen to songs today you notice parts in songs that remind you of older artists. Push rewind. Listen. Yes, that is the same riff as Fleetwood Mac. These vocals remind me of Sting. That reggae beat thrown into this jam takes me back to the soulful cuts of Lloyd Charmers. The warm feeling I get from hearing a familiar part in a modern song being transformed from the format of a classic into something fresh is wonderful.
When a favorite band releases a single in anticipation of their upcoming release you can take it a few ways. If the song rocks, then the suspense for the record increases. If the single blows, you get scared.
On first listen of the Foals first single Inhaler off of the 2013 up and coming release Holy Fire I almost collapsed onto my living room floor. No way. These guys did not just do that. Can you tell how I felt about the song? Ha, it was a let down to say the least. Another one bites the dust trying to go mainstream. But wait, there is hope in the horizon.
February saw the release of the Foals third studio album “Holy Fire”. Scratching my head I put on my headphones and hit play. Drinking a sip of water I turned and looked at my dog Winston. “Here we go Wanky”. The first track Prelude opens up the album with shakers and thudding bass drums. The iconic Foals style guitar crept in opening avenues for good things to come. I’m not gonna lie, the next track is Inhaler which “accidentally” got skipped the first few spins. I later got over the ugly chorus and accepted the other worthy portions of the song (The guitar is actually pretty sick during the verse and outro).
My Number followed ending up as the most user friendly track for the masses (who weren’t already fans of the Foals). I can dig. Many happy car rides last summer included this pop hit. Bad Habit. Boom. Favorite track on Holy Fire. Turns out favorite song of 2013. The Foals do a great job of building the songs into roaring breath taking adventures; Bad Habit and all remaining songs on Holy Fire are such quality jams – at times delighting I Pod commercials invade my imagination to the habitual drums and guitars. On Out Of The Woods violins accompany the killer drum flow and stellar vocal melodies easily becoming my second favorite track. I would find myself beat-boxing the drums from Out Of The Woods in the shower. Mild & Black Spiders carries a chorus backed by booming kick and subliminally layered looping guitars. “Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need! Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re the only thing I need!
Cause I’ve been around two times and found that you’re no friend in need!” builds and sprawls into a swarm of spiraling intensity.
Car karaoke. That’s what the Foals should have titled this album. >>Yannis Philippakis’s<< vocals are the strongest and charismatic to date. Jimmy Smith’s mathy guitar intertwines alongside Yannis phenomenal tempo. Jack Bevan hallelujah. Makes the list of top drummers of all time. These mates gel. The compositions and pop artistry released on Holy Fire remind me of the Fleetwood Macs and Pink Floyds of yesteryear.
Their live performance is nothing short of amazing. Yannis crowd surfs and climbs balconies all while thrashing his Travis Bean guitar. Jack’s drums consume me. Tribal off beat fills and super fast rhythms back their signature guitar tones and techniques.
As the Foals continue to put out solid records their fan base grows. Endless touring and festival performances displaying their seductive rock and roll music builds followers of all genres of music. Renown DJs remix song after song blasting their own spin on mixtapes echoing deep into night crawling clubs.– see >>Holy Fire Remixs and Bad Habit Ep//>>.
My little secret isn’t a secret anymore. But the Foals are still My Number 1. Cheers mates.
Out Of The Woods
Foals Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD Trailer
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