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Foals' Yannis Philippakis (2015)

Interview by Pip Williams, Rock's Backpages audio, 19 June 2015

The Foals frontperson talks about the band's latest album What Went Down: the progression from previous album Holy Fire; writing in Oxford but living in London; being pushed by producer James Ford; his songwriting progress; songs like 'Mountain at my Gates' and 'Knife in the Ocean'; wanting to tour again... and after which he's photographed by his interviewer.

File format: mp3; file size: 22mb, interview length: 23' sound quality: *****

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Foals: Holy Fire

Review by Mike Diver,, 11 February 2013

The Oxford outfit finally evolves a sound to suit its mainstream status. ...

Foals: What Went Down

Review and Interview by Tom Doyle, MOJO, September 2015

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Foals' Yannis Philippakis (2015) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Pip Williams, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 19 June 2015

This is a transcript of Pip's audio interview with Yannis. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Foals: The Unforgettable Fire

Interview by Scott McLennan, Rip It Up (Australia), January 2013

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Foals: What Went Down

Review by Pip Williams, The Line of Best Fit, 18 August 2015

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Foals: Antidotes

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2008

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Foals' Yannis Philippakis on What Went Down

Interview by Pip Williams, Coup De Main, 28 August 2015

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Foals' Yannis Philippakis: Getting on his highbrow horse

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Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 5 March 2019

Ahead of their fifth album, Yannis Philippakis and co. blend the avant garde with football-terrace energy. ...

Foals: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, The Guardian, 16 February 2014

The once-spindly art-rockers have made a full transformation to a thrillingly spontaneous pop group capable of reigning over arenas. ...

Math-Rock Family Tree: Exploring the roots of Foals

Guide by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 24 April 2008

BACK IN FEBRUARY, one DiS messageboarder was moved to say to the masses: "I challenge you to prove to me that math-rock is real". Responses ...

Foals: Antidotes

Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 15 February 2008

YOU HAVE TO rewind the best part of a year to find the root of the expansive bubble of anticipation that's bloated about the five ...

Foals: "I built a fortress around myself"

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 6 May 2010

IN AN AMSTERDAM square, tourists all around, Yannis Philippakis is pouring his heart out. The singer of Foals is describing how he has kept a ...


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