Posts Tagged ‘Foals’

Berlin: Heineken Green Sphere (win)

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The location bears the probably most beautiful name in town (Insel der Jugend, isle of youth), the dominant colour is the one of hope (green) and the line-up is a fine and well-selected one. With the Heineken Green Sphere Berlin’s Spree riverside in Treptow will see a fountain of youth manifesting itself in a small Sunday’s openair.
Playing their for now only German gig, Island quintet FM Belfast (photo) will headline the event. It’s feisty cliché-free electro pop they play, which will already go for a second round on June 3 with the release of new full-length Don’t Want To Sleep on Morr. The first impressions embedded below, “I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep Either” (video) and “New Year” (download), turn out be respectively enthusiastic. (And if you need to be convinced by the band’s live qualities first, there’s also a complete and exuberant video recording of a gig, they did earlier this year.)
A diverse DJ support comes from UK band Foals, the always busy Berlin scene eclectics Hunee (Hunch Music, Rush Hour, Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, …) and Hugo Capablanca (Bananamania, Broken Hearts Club, Los Massieras) plus Remmidemmi.

You can register for the event on their website or just win 1×2 guestlist invites here, by being at least 18 years old and leaving us a green comment below! The winner will be chosen by our green thumb random, so good luck!


FM Belfast : I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep Either (Video)


FM Belfast : Live at EVE Fanfest 2011 (Video)


FM Belfast : New Year (Download)


FM Belfast : Vertigo

PHOTO: Hörður Sveinsson

Foals : Blue Blood

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Foals : Blue Blood (Video)

Weapon of Choice” meets the mini evangelists and Billy Elliot, director Chris Sweeney (of Colonel Blimp) meets theFoals, who will be soon on a big European tour again:

29.10. O2 Academy, Leeds, UK w/ Toro Y Moi & Pet Moon
30.10. Academy, Manchester, UK* w/ Toro Y Moi & Pet Moon
31.10. HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, UK w/ Toro Y Moi & Pet Moon
02.11. O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK w/ Toro Y Moi & Pet Moon
03.11. O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK w/ Toro Y Moi & Trophy Wife
04.11. Bristol O2 Academy, Bristol, UK* w/ Toro Y Moi & Trophy Wife
06.11. Rock City, Nottingham, UK* w/ Crystal Fighters & Trophy Wife
07.11. Southampton Guildhall, Southampton, UK w/ Crystal Fighters & Trophy Wife
08.11. Dome, Brighton, UK w/ Crystal Fighters & Trophy Wife
10.11. UEA, Norwich, UK w/ Crystal Fighters & Pulled Apart By Horses
11.11. Lincoln Engine Shed, Lincoln, UK w/ Crystal Fighters & Pulled Apart By Horses
12.11. Brixton O2 Academy, London, UK* w/ Crystal Fighters & Pulled Apart By Horses
15.11. Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
16.11. Splendid, Lille, France w/ The Invisible
17.11. Olympic, Nantes, France w/ The Invisible
19.11. Cooperative De Mai, Clermont Ferrand, France w/ The Invisible
20.11. Theatre Barbey, Bordeaux, France w/ The Invisible
21.11. Bikini, Toulouse, France w/ The Invisible
23.11. Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France w/ The Invisible
24.11. La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France w/ The Invisible
25.11. Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France w/ The Invisible
27.11. Botaniques, Brussels, Belgium w/ The Invisible*
29.11. Melkweg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands w/ The Invisible
30.12. Kesselhaus, Berlin, Germany w/ The Invisible
01.12. Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany w/ The Invisible
03.12. Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark w/ The Invisible
04.12. Parken, Gothenburg, Sweden w/ The Invisible
06.12. Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany w/ The Invisible
07.12. Backstage, Munich, Germany w/ The Invisible
08.12. Fri-Sonm Fribourg, Switzerland w/ The Invisible
10.12. All Tomorrow’s Parties, Somerset, UK
31.12. HMV Forum, London, UK

*= already sold out

Melt! Festival 2010

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As already in the year of  2009 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. 2010 the line up also promised a lot of good music and fulfilled all expectations and even more than that.  From punk sounds with Fucked Up or The Big Pink to electronic music à la Hercules and Love Affair and DJ Shadow the weekend was rich of musical highlights. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

Melt! Liveblog: Der Samstag

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Hello again! After our first live blog in 2009 we are finally back at the fantastic Melt! Festival to cover the 13th issue as it happens – including photos (by Christoph Paul) and some first impressions (by Thomas Vorreyer).

Sunday, 16:40: The end is near … After it’s implementation in 2008, the third issue of festival day number three, the Sunday, invites us to a smaller (three instead of five stages) but even denser cast day. While Kings of Convenience are currently stroking their strings behind us, the Post War Years, Fucked Up, Crookers, WhoMadeWho, Slagmalsklubben and of course Goldfrapp and festival headliner Massive Attack are getting ready to hit the stages over the day and night.

Alas, we got a bit kept away from the blog yesterday because of interviews and more. So here’s eventually our review of the complete Saturday:

Despite of the mild weather the day kicked off quite slowly and turned out to don’t enjoy as much as highlights as the Friday before. Although, our dear Friendly Fires, who told us their gig at Melt! 2008 during the rain and storm mayhem was their first ever, played one of the by far best shows of the entire weekend. The band machine appeared to be very well oiled by now and the crowd cheered them, waving and dancing as one. During the new song “Running Away” even transformed-to-balloons condomes danced over our heads – interview follows soon. Of course, the dance-rock of Holy Ghost was lenient in comparison, while Hurts suprisingly well filled the light, late afternoon slot between these two on the Gemini stage with the usual big-gesture pop grandezza.

In the meantime the main stage got covered in some rougher sounds: Blood Red Shoes stormed powerfully, but solid as always through their set and Dendemann demonstrated the numerous international guests, that in Germany intelligent and brave hip-hop and mullet cuts can indeed go hand in hand. Parallel to this Darwin Deez stole their hearts of the younger crowd in the Intro tent, before The Big Pink entered it to blow the not fully filled tent away. But yet their grandiloquent guitar-synthie rock may would have fit the man stage better then the bit dry Jamie T did – interview follows.

Next: dance attack! Soul-pop singer Jamie Lidell, DJ Shadow, Sinden and German band Die Sterne played live parallel to each other. And it might hasn’t been a knockout victory, but a clear one by scores for Lidell, who thus had best sound at the Gemini. Here then Hercules and Love Affair took over the mic and beats with an almost all-new set basing on their new, yet-unreleased, second album. Sadly, the new line-up and their stringently chruny Chicago-to-Detroit oldschool mix, including the even sphericly re-arranged old hits “Blind” and “You Belong”, were a bit too many news for the crowd and the set undeservedly did not enflame everyone fully. Still, they all stayed at the stage to get loose of their coresponding dance reserves at Chromeo, who turned their gig with some nice audio and visual show extras into a really good on, before the DJs A-Trak, Tiga, Carl Craig and of course German tiro Moderat (Fotos) took over the direction for the rest of the night.

Chromeo, DJ Shadow, Hercules and Love Affair, Melt! crowd (2), The Big Pink, Jamie T, Friendly Fires (2), Dendemann, Hurts, Blood Red Shoes, Holy Ghost, Jamaica

Saturday, 16:00: The Melt! Saturday has just begun and while we are looking forward to the likes of Jamaica, Holy Ghost!, Darwin Deez, Maskinen, Hercules and Love Affair, Chromeo, Tiefschwarz and Hurts (and to interview Friendly Fires and the Big Pink), let’s have a short and final retrograd look on Friday night. After Jónsi some strange sitar sounds led us to Yeasayer, where Chris Keating showed up with a vocal performance with all the sexiness and extravaganza immediately reminding us of Prince and, yes somehow, Michael Jackson in their greater days. One haven’t seen and heard such thing in  quite a long time and would have perfectly fit on the big main stage, where The XX were facing the mammoth task to present their intimate and minimalistic compositions within such a great frame. Apparently, they did it master it well. Key role was taken over by Jamie once again, who was enthroned behind a great, white X on black ground and a laser light roof drawn over the Ferropolis. He not only did rearranged the band’s songs but relined them with some heavy beats. And who watched Oliver trying out some unexpected, standard rock bassist moves, can may predicted the possible new direction this band will take from now on. Who, who already did follow this electronic path on his own, is Kele Okereke off Bloc Party. While his muscle-bound body satisfied completely, his set did only partly considering quite a few lengths in it. Too, not totally convincing where Foals, who played a – compared to their own benchmark – just average set despite a very driven Yannis Philippakis. Headling their own day stage at beach Modeselektor then didn’t reach the maximum as well, although guest appearances by Bonaparte promised a lot more action. Alas, it turned out to be just the addition, but not the desired multiplication of their forces. But still there was a 100% great end with the energetic live set of autoKratz in the Intro tent.

Autokratz (2), Modeselektor, Foals, Kele (2), The XX (2), Yeasayer

Friday, 23:32: Another round of diverse gigs lies behind us. We smiled at all the adolescence in the front row of Two Door Cinema Club, left the stage to dance to a brilliant dubstep-electro DJ set by Jamie XX at the beach (!) and got pulled away to the main stage again by our German heroes Tocotronic. Here, Dirk von Lowtzow almost enthusiastically greeted the crowd and praised the resistance once again and just for fun, while Rick Mc Phail was miming a modern god of guitar. This spectacle got followed by a delicious visual sandwich: a blue flash light orgy and loads of cheesiness by Delphic, lightening and thunder at HEALTH, who fantastically re-structured “Crimewave” into a new, even bigger version, and finally Jónsi, whose great, but complex and intimate setting and show was maybe ab bit too intimate for the big main stage and the oval in front of it. Now we are looking forward to Yeasayer, Four Tet, The XX, Kele, Foals, autoKratz, Modeselektor ft. Bonaparte and many others.

Jónsi, HEALTH (2), Delphic, Tocotronic (2), Jamie XX, Two Door Cinema Club

Friday, 20:36: Words race with drops of sweat towards the keyboard – this Melt! Festival has already crossed its melting point. It’ sunny and super hot here and after the Audiolith Pferdemarkt yesterday at the festival side and the Introducing party in Berlin (photos below) Bonaparte and Midlake could finally open the big party to everyone, while the Big Wheel Stage was surrounded by a sweating mass covered in dust and seduced by the fine tunes of Oliver Koletzki. Then – parallel to Ja, Panik and Pantha du Prince – Sweden’s finest, the Shout Out Louds, hit the stage. Too bad they prepared an undercooled set to fight the heat. But they were some highlights still: the undestroyable beauty of “Impossible” for instance or their short cover of “Walking Like an Egyptian”, which now stands in a line with “Train in Vain” from their 2007er Melt! appearance. Now Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie XX and Tocotronic are about to begin. Looks like everyone reached working temperature immediately.

Shout Out Louds, Converse Mainstage

Post War Years and Alexander’s Festival Hall, Introducing (yesterday in Berlin)

Foals “Miami”

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Please click the image to get to the video.

Do you sometimes have this feeling, too, that some music videos are just about the plain, but big fun to show the most senseless, abstruse images and sceneries one can – or better, can not – imagine? This new Foals video for the song “Miami” i.e. is simply all about a bunch of bodybuilders (you can literally smell the carotene oil in the air) and a group of transsexuals featuring the iconic Calpernia Addams and Glamourous Monique getting involved into a sweaty gang war with each other, which gets put to an end by a magic sugardaddy. Makes no sense, does it? Well maybe, it’s illustrating the lines, “Would you betray me / or save me, / save me from you?

However, the video was directed by Foals’ aulic filmmaker Dave Maand the single of course got taken from the band’s new album Total Life Forever (Transgressive / Warner Music). We, after all, want to encourage you to watch El Perro del Mar‘s wonderful “Change of Heart” video instead to see some beautiful, big muscles (this time, the ones of the Golden Power) in action:

Foals “This Orient”

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Hätten wir vorhin vor dem Artikel zur neuen Foals-Single “This Orient” nochmal unsere Notizbücher gewälzt, wäre uns wohl aufgefallen, dass heute auch das Video zum Song erscheinen sollte. Da wir das aber anscheinend nicht getan haben hier nun der Artikel This Orient pt.2 : Überraschung, es gibt jetzt auch ein Video zum Song!

Dave Ma (Pulse Films; drehte vorab mit u.a. The Horrors, Delphic) war – nach den Videos zu “Spanish Sahara” und “Olympic Airwaves” – einmal als Regisseur mit mehr von der Partie. Und das sieht dann genauso aus wie die Band den Dreh auch gegenüber dem NME, nämlich als “the smoothest and least stressful shoot that we’ve been involved in so far”. Schöne und stimmige Wohlfühlbilder (blühende Zweige sind ungemein ästhetisch), aber nichts Beeindruckendes.

Nachfolgend noch ein kleines Making-Of zum Video. Das zweite Foals-Album Total Life Forever erscheint samt “This Orient” und “Spanish Sahara” am 7. Mai bei Warner MG (UK: 10. Mai Transgressive Records). Alle Tourdaten findet ihr am Artikelende.

Foals live on tour 2010:
12.04. C-Club, Berlin, Deutschland
14.04. Paradiso, Amsterdam, Niederlande
15.04. Trabendo, Paris, Frankreich
17.04. Printemps du Bourges, Bourges, Frankreich
29.04. The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
30.04. Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
02.05. O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
03.05. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
04.05. Ritz, Manchester, UK
06.05. Junction, Cambridge, UK
07.05. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
08.05. Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
10.05. Electric Ballroom, London, UK
12.05. O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
14.05. The Academy, Dublin, Irland
16./18.07. Melt! Festival, Deutschland
01.08. Fuji Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

VVK-Tickets für die Konzerte in Großbritannien gibt es exklusiv auf foals.warnerartists.com.

Foals: New Song “This Orient” & Album Cover

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After the first song plus remix and video, a puzzle game and the first live dates here we’re back again with some more, fresh news on the Foals and their upcoming, second album Total Life Forever (German release: May 7 via Warner MG / UK: May 10 Transgressive Records). Reading this you already scrolled over / looked at the above new cover for the record. Kept simple and vintage, it somehow reminds us of Nevermind, but well that’s what everything swimming prone above our heads does nowadays.

Thereto a new song called “This Orient” got premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 last night. Like “Spanish Sahara” already did before, the piece is once again gently directing the band away from the fractured, fraying esthetics’s of their debut Antidotes to a more clean, fuller and bigger (?) sound. Right now it looks like we can’t really file this one, before not having listened to the whole Total Life Forever epos.


Stream | Foals “This Orient”

Foals live on tour 2010:
12.04. C-Club, Berlin, Germany
14.04. Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
15.04. Trabendo, Paris, France
17.04. Printemps du Bourges, Bourges, France
29.04. The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
30.04. Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
02.05. O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
03.05. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
04.05. Ritz, Manchester, UK
06.05. Junction, Cambridge, UK
07.05. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
08.05. Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
10.05. Electric Ballroom, London, UK
12.05. O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
14.05. The Academy, Dublin, Ireland
16./18.07. Melt! Festival, Germany
01.08. Fuji Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

The advanced sale for all UK tour dates is exclusively available via foals.warnerartists.com.

Foals: Preview Puzzle and UK Tour

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A little update from the beloved Foals and their upcoming second album Total Life Forever: as TLOBF brought to our attention today, the band has a little website called www.totallifeforever.co.uk, where they present sneak previews (up to four lines from a song lyrics plus a short audio sample) of each of the ten new songs from the album to be released on May 10 via Transgressive Records. But you’ll first have to master a little puzzle game reminding of these ancient Maya/Egyptian circle “computers” from India Jones & co to gain access to the previews.

Most of the decet was produced by Luke Smith in Gothenborg’s  Svenska Grammofon Studio. See a photo from the studio workings below:

Too, the band recently added some first UK tour dates and one festival appearance in Japan to their four already confirmed European gigs. See the whole updated schedule below:

12.04. C-Club, Berlin, Germany
14.04. Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
15.04. Trabendo, Paris, France
17.04. Printemps du Bourges, Bourges, France
29.04. The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
30.04. Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
02.05. O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
03.05. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
04.05. Ritz, Manchester, UK
06.05. Junction, Cambridge, UK
07.05. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
08.05. Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
10.05. Electric Ballroom, London, UK
12.05. O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
14.05. The Academy, Dublin, Ireland
16./18.07. Melt! Festival, Germany
01.08. Fuji Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

Update: The advanced sale for all UK tour dates is exclusively available via foals.warnerartists.com from now on.

Watch the new video for the foretaste song “Spanish Sarah” and listen to a great Mount Kimbie Remix of it here.

Photo | courtesy of Warner Music Group

Foals “Spanish Sahara”

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Almost two years after the release of their debut album Antidotes British folks from Oxford’s Foals are entering the spotlight again with the follow-uph Total Life Forever due to be out on May 10 via Transgressive Records. Unfortunately that’s still months to go, but you can spend the time till then watching their new video, listening to a great remix of the same song and getting excited for their upcoming gigs.

Let’s start with the newly composed „Spanish Sahara“ and the video for it. The song is borne by a melancholic ease, which though and surprisingly is not rooted in the pacey and dynamic sound facets of Antidotes. In the beginning it’s the calm, hierarchically structured synthesizer samples and soft vocals slowly working out the song, later it’s the energetic drums leading to an emphatically deep sound re-created in the icy atmosphere of Dave Ma‘s (directed for The Horrors, Delphic and, too, the Foals before) video. Here singer Yannis Philippakis mimes a hunter pulling his booty on the banks.

It’s the track’s intensity British duo Mount Kimbie were hunting for while making an even expressive and impulsive dubstep mix for „Spanish Sahara“, which is really worth a listen and download.

Spanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie remix) by Foals

And still there are more Foals-related news. On May 3 – four days before the release of Total Life Forever -Foals will drop the first new single This Orient. Don’t forget their few and selected new European tour dates.

Foals with album and tour

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Two years after the release of Antidotes the time has come. The Foals announced a new longplayer and some initial dates for the upcoming tour.

Like the Band mentioned on their myspace on monday the new lp is going to be realesed on the 10th of Mai und will be named Total Life Forever. As they have said to the nme the follow-up of the 2008th Longplayer Antidotes will sound like „the dream of an eagle dying“. We are also very curious about the hairstyle of the five-piece from Oxford. Because two years ago they have promised to not get their hair cut until the new album is done. The first opportunities to gaze at their long hair and the new stuff, will be in the middle of April in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. More dates are going to be announced soon. Too, the band will come back to Melt! Festival, where their last appearance 2009 sadly got cancelled.

That it is worth looking forward to vistit a concert you can read in our review (German only) of their concert in november 2008. At the time they elated the audience in Berlin together with Cut off your Hands and Friendy Fires.

The Foals on tour:
12.04. C-Club, Berlin, Germany
14.04. Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
15.04. Trabendo, Paris, France
17.04. Printemps du Bourges, Bourges, France
29.04. The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
30.04. Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
02.05. O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
03.05. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
04.05. Ritz, Manchester, UK
06.05. Junction, Cambridge, UK
07.05. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
08.05. Anson Rooms, Bristol, UK
10.05. Electric Ballroom, London, UK
12.05. O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
14.05. The Academy, Dublin, Ireland
16./18.07. Melt! Festival, Germany
01.08. Fuji Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan