Photos by Serge Levin (words by Erika Reinsel)
Foals performed at the Electric Factory in Philly last Saturday, 5/4 (Blondfire and Surfer Blood were the openers). Before the show, Rockin’ The ‘Burbs had a chance to chat with Foals’ drummer, Jack Bevan (you can read the full interview here). That interview got us super excited for the show and by the end of the night we were left speechless with the level of energy put forth by the entire band.
Foals started the show with “Prelude” (the instrumental opener from their latest album Holy Fire), which lead into a raucous performance of “Inhaler”. The band played through a majority of Holy Fire, including the tracks “My Number” and “Late Night”; however, they also dug deep into their discography, playing songs from 2008’s Antidotes and 2010’s Total Life Forever. Singer, Yannis Philippakis, took full advantage of the crowd and took multiple stage dives (even while still playing guitar). He also went through several microphones throughout their set, but not before tossing the busted ones out into the crowd. He even disappeared from the stage to re-enter from the back of the venue, making his way through the crowd to finish their encore back on stage. Yannis also made it a point to let everyone know the band finally had their fill of Philly cheesesteaks (FYI, we’d like to take official credit for the suggestion).
Opening for Foals was Blondfire, who did a great job warming up the crowd with their hit “Where The Kids Are” and even performed a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”. Also opening was Surfer Blood, who also gave an energetic performance. They had the crowd singing along to every tune, especially with their 2010 track “Floating Vibes” from Astro Coast. They’re set to release their follow-up LP, Pythons, next month.
See all of Foals upcoming tour dates here. Keep scrolling to see more photos from the show.