Foals no longer need any introduction. Voted best act in the world by Q magazine last year, after releasing their fourth straight successful album ‘What Went Down’, the band are one of the biggest around at the moment. They are notorious for their brutal live performances and with their upcoming UK and European tour, it seems more than appropriate to try and whittle down all the hits in to one ‘Ultimate Setlist’. Now, although Foals usually round off at 12-14 songs, the ‘perfect set’ is a 15 song stomper. Let’s begin:
1. Snake Oil
Flying Start. The 6th song from ‘What Went Down’. A monstrous track with heavy drums and beastly guitars. Gets the audience’s juices flowing.
Return of the Math. An early single off first album ‘Antidotes’. A math-rock piece, with frantic guitar work, different to the first, not as colossal, but just as fun.
3. My Number
The Pop Piece. A joyous, bouncy sing-a-long. Sure to be popular with any audience.
4. Mountain At My Gates
The Crowd Pleaser. Foals second single from the latest album is another energetic number, that’s certain to please the fans.
5. Olympic Airways
For the FIFA Fans. A slightly slower piece, but a stunning one. Allows a brief and beautiful respite from the madness of the first four.
6. Total Life Forever
No Rest for the Wicked. Beefier and chunkier live. Brings a new life to the already fantastic album version. The relief didn’t last long.
7. Red Socks Pugie
The Setlist Stalwart. Their most played live track. Again bigger and brasher.
The Floor Filler. This titanic track marked a change of direction for the group with deafening guitars and crushing drums, it will never go amiss from a live set.
9. Spanish Sahara
All of the Lights. This song usually comes with an astonishing light show. A beautiful, solemn number that grows to a shimmering finish. A mesmerising letup in a thumping set.
10. Night Swimmers
The Wildcard. Never before played live, but why? Arguably the best song from the recent album. Watch out for the guitar hook at 2:18.
‘I knew them before they were big’. One for the old fans. Some more quick-paced, frenzied math-rock brilliance.
Bangers and Mosh. ’I’m an Animal just like you’. This song is a mammoth. Prepare for the mosh.
13. The French Open
The Rare Treat. This song is a rarity in the setlist nowadays. The perfect encore start up. Get the feet and lungs going again as fans chant ‘Un peu d’air sur la Terre’.
14. What Went Down
The Mighty Meaty. Foals fans know they are in for a big finish. This, the penultimate, is just as immense as the finale. You’ll barely be breathing by the finish.
15. Two Steps, Twice
The Show-stopper. This could never be replaced as the finale. So much heftier than the album version. So much fun. It doesn’t get better than this.
Foals go on European tour on 26th January and eventually return to the UK for a few dates on February 10th. They should not be missed.