Attention Klaxons! Listen up Hadouken!, Does it Offend You Yeah?, Youthmovies, The Enemy, The Pigeon Detectives. This is how to put on a show.
Foals take the stage and hour and a half after we arrive, but the floor is already jammed with 19-22 year olds. Those patient enough cling to the newly installed barrier (I think we can blame MGMT for that one) and have to stand through a painful support act. The atmosphere is hyped with a intro tune and the band (diminutive singer and guitarist Yannis, energetic guitarist Jimmy, bass player Walter, drummer Bevan and keyboardist Edwin – who State talked to recently) launch into album-opener ‘The French Open’.
From there, the band never let up, hitting the audience with ‘Cassius’, ‘Balloons’ and a fast, more raucous version of ‘Olympic Airways’. In fact, all of the songs played tonight were distinctly louder and crunchier than their Antidotes versions and were all the better for it. The album is full of horns (courtesy of Antibalas) but live Foals compensate by blaring their math-rock riffs into the crowd with intensity and propensity.
Dispensing with the real slow songs on the album, they perform fan favourites and early singles ‘Hummer’ and ‘Mathletics’. The crowd go mental. It’s great. The encore features the math-rock doppelganger of ‘An Dearg Doom‘.
Foals made an appearance and TV series Skins and the atmosphere in The Academy was akin to a house party. State awaits their return with glee.