SOUNDS LIKE: Minus The Bear, Klaxons, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: These Brits head to the major leagues for their upcoming third album
It's possible that the men of Foals are the most intricate players of their instruments. They blew me away at Lollapalooza in 2007, performing with much precision and beyond finely tuned. Their songs blur the line of mathematical and scientific; their guitar playing impeccable and blending everything together to make such perfect songs must be due to sound chemical compound. Their 2010 album, Total Life Forever, blew away expectations as they blended ambience with ambivalence. One would assume they'd keep going down this path, but will they in the end?
Their new album is called Holy Fire, and it should probably be treated as an entity we bow down before it. Their new single "Inhaler" won't take your breath away as much as it will make your heart explode. Its industrial chorus, provided by the production skills of the legendary Flood and Alan Moulder, finds lead singer Yannis Philippakis screaming so loud over the crunching guitars to the point we he and the band border sounding like new labelmates Deftones. This is where it should be noted they've left the comfort of indie slugger Sub Pop, traveled down coast and signed up with Warner Bros. And if you're worried they've left their 2+2=Guitar Perfection equation for dead, fear not. The second it starts you'll be greeted by a melody that will wrap around your brain stem for days.
Holy Fire is out February 12 via Warner Bros.