Foals – Antidotes

ARTIST: Foals                220px-Foalsantidotescover

TITLE: Andtidoes

YEAR RELEASED: 2008

CHART ACTION: #28 Heatseekers, #3 UK

SINGLES: Balloons (#39 UK), Cassius (#26 UK), Red Socks Pugie (#89 UK), Olympic Airways (#160 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probbaly Not

LINEUP: Yannis Phillippakis, Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith, Walter Gervers, Edwin Congreave

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: British indie dance rock / post punk band wears its influences on their sleeves but pull off a great album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Yes, there’s a bit of the Gang of Four, a smidge of Joy Division, and a bit of other post-punk bands here, but Foals do a good job of coalescing their influences into a somewhat original sound.

Sometimes they’re up and dancy with a very rigid and staccato rhythm – on other songs they’re a bit spacier and loose. Due to this, they’re not locked into the same-old on each track, and the diversity is good for listenability.

This is definitely worth checking out if you want something new and unfamiliar here in a UK post-punk vein.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They mixed the album themselves as they didn’t like the initial mix from producer Dave Sitek

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, early singles are appended.

GRADE: A-:  Great debut, varied and compelling.

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