7 - Foals – Antidotes

Antidotes had a fitful start, Foals attracting attention for rejecting David Andrew Sitek's mix of the album and taking his recordings into the studio themselves to strip away the “space around the sounds”. It's hard to argue with their logic: “Cassius”, “Red Socks Pugie” and “Olympic Airwaves” are searing, rattling tracks that don't need the atmospherics the TV on the Radio man is known for. It definitely caught the eye of Sub Pop, the famed Seattle label signing them up for US distribution.

The band formed in Oxford, England three years ago, tired of the snobby math-rock the region has become known for in the last few years. Foals took the finger-tapping and clashing vocals of the genre and made an angrier beast of it, demanding audiences dance rather than just nod in appreciation. Becoming a firm favourite on the house-party and warehouse scene, Foals had a lot of hype to live up to from the outset. Despite that Antidotes both pushed their own boundaries and attracted a slew of new fans. Next year they will be seen supporting Bloc Party at their massive London Olympia gig.

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