Photos of Foals at 2019 Shaky Knees in Atlanta, GA
Photos of Foals at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on April 13th, 2019
Photos of Foals at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on November 5th, 2016
Photos of Foals at United Palace Theatre in New York, NY on November 4th, 2016
Photos of Foals at Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX on October 8th, 2016
Photos of Foals at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA on December 19th, 2015
Photos of Foals at Terminal 5 in New York, NY on December 18th, 2015
Photos of Foals at 2014 Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain
Photos of Foals at 2014 Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA
Photos of Foals at Terminal 5 on May 6th, 2014
QRO’s review of Foals at O2 Academy in Birmingham, U.K. on February 11th, 2014
QRO’s review of Foals at East Village Arts Centre in Liverpool, U.K. on February 2nd, 2014
Foals have managed to stay big after their heyday a decade-plus ago by shifting from indie-rock into something bigger & louder. While this has dismayed early fans, it has delivered a different side to the band, with more ambition. That reaches it peak in Everything Thing Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 2), their second album of 2019, following up on Part 1 (QRO review) earlier this year.
Photos of Foals at 2013 Governors Ball in New York, NY
QRO’s review of Foals at The Granada at Lawrence, KS on June 5th, 2013
Photos of Foals at Terminal 5 on May 4th, 2011
Photos of Foals at Metro in Chicago, IL on April 26th, 2011
QRO’s review of Foals at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR on October 21st, 2010
Photos of Foals at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL on September 17th, 2010
Part 2 is the kind of record that has a minute-plus echo-synth prologue, “Red Dessert”, and a ten minute-plus giant finish, “Neptune”. Largely, Foals’ epic rock doesn’t match the band’s vision, too mainstream to be truly revelatory, but pieces like the speedy rhythm & skills “Wash Off” and rock push “Black Bull” showcase what today’s Foals can do well. And the band certainly knows how to pull off the epic live.
Releasing multiple linked records close together is often a sign of an over-inflated ego (though not as much as the dreaded double-album), and the Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost two-parter is not the seminal collection Foals like wish it were. But it is a showing of epic consistency in ability.