Single Review: Foals – Inhaler

By on Friday, 9th November 2012 at 12:00 pm

Foals are back, Foals are back! Indie hipster alert: FOALS ARE BACK!

If you’ve had your head in the ground for the past few days you’ll have missed two key events. The first is that Barack Obama is still president of the United States of America. The second is that math rockers Foals have released their new single ‘Inhaler’.

Yannis Philippakis’ band of denim-clad, bobble hat-wearing, titans of indie pop are well and truly back. Their sound has been refined and yes, they’ve grown up significantly it seems. The bass riffs are unashamedly filthy, just as Philippakis roars about how he needs a little space. Jimmy Smith’s guitar tickles in the metronome-like fashion that you expect after the whimsical charms of ‘Balloons’ and ‘Cassius’.

The song just screams about the new inner maturity Foals seem to have found. Debut ‘Antidotes’ has gone from a stand-out part of Foals career to the foreword to a greater tale. ‘Total Life Forever’ was a sign of their growth as a band, with ‘Spanish Sahara’ singled out as one of the most beautiful tracks of the past few years. While ‘Miami’ reiterated that while they are trying to be a bit more grown-up, they can still write a belter of a tune with a unnervingly, unforgettable chorus. (And a bloody weird video.)

With ‘Inhaler’, these boys have come full circle to become a quintessential cornerstone of British alternative music.


‘Inhaler’, Foals’ new single, is available now. ‘Holy Fire’, their third album, will be out on the 11th of February 2013 on Transgressive Records. The promo video for the song, with some questionable but definitely mature content, is below.


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2:16 pm
13th November 2012

RT @tgtf: New post: Single Review: Foals – Inhaler:

[…] A couple of months back, Foals released what was to be the first single for their new record, ‘Inhaler’. The raw mix of grungy guitars and the Rage Against the Machine-esque roars from Yannis creates a […]

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