LIVE: Foals @ Alexandra Palace
A Valentine's To Remember
It wasn't only a Valentine's weekend this weekend, but it was also the weekend that Foals finished off their extensive UK tour of their latest album 'Holy Fire'. It was somewhat of a full-circle moment for the Oxford quintet, who played their first show way back in 2007 at Alexandra Palace opening for Bloc Party to a sparsely filled room. How things change.
The vast cavern at the venue was warmed up by some hard rock courtesy of Kentucky natives Cage The Elephant and the moment they stepped off the stage any spaces that existed in the crowd were squeezed into by eager bodies converging from all directions. The members of Foals then floated onto the stage amidst the smoke and ever-present lasers throughout the night and began the unmistakable build-up of jam-song 'Prelude', now the band's go-to curtain raiser for their shows.
Once frontman Yannis greeted the crowd and promised a better night than the previous one, this being the second of two consecutive sold-out shows at Ally Pally, they wasted no time diving relentlessly into their supreme arsenal, engineering a rousing assault with tracks like 'Total Life Forever', 'Providence', and the monstrous set-closer 'Inhaler'. Arguably their most accessible track to date, 'My Number', had the entire audience jumping as one invigorated sweaty mass, and at the other end of the spectrum, tender moments like the sing-along of the heartfelt chorus of 'Milk & Black Spiders' will be moments to call upon when you're in need of a smile.
In light of their meteoric rise since the release of their second album, you tend to forget their golden oldies, such as 'Olympic Airwaves', and the second encore of the night 'Two Steps Twice', but they each perhaps gave rise to the night's most anthemic occasions.
Foals have come a long way since that fledgling wide-eyed band back in 2007 that opened for the much-adored Bloc Party at this venue. It is now them on the receiving end of that adoration and it looks like they're gonna need more room the next time they come back to London.