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Foals: AntidotesAntidotes (2008)
Sub Pop Records

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Simultaneously Sub Pop's best new finding in years and Oxford, England's answer to Minus the Bear, Foals' Antidotes is an invigorating, complex and catchy debut that delivers on so many fronts your hands are full minutes into the thing. Antidotes is playful, shifting indie pop/rock that calls to .
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Simultaneously Sub Pop's best new finding in years and Oxford, England's answer to Minus the Bear, Foals' Antidotes is an invigorating, complex and catchy debut that delivers on so many fronts your hands are full minutes into the thing.

Antidotes is playful, shifting indie pop/rock that calls to mind Bloc Party, the aforementioned Minus the Bear (listen to those guitars in the intro of "Red Socks Pugie") and Battles, the last of which are an admitted influence in the press release. While Foals is often relegated to the 'math rock' team, the band usually play in 4/4 time, but do it with a drive that carefully straddles the line between emotional and mechanical. Propelled by guitars that ring, bounce and squeal; frenetic percussion; horn work on several songs from Brooklyn afrobeat collective Antibalas; tasteful electronic tinges; and arresting atmospheres, Antidotes will have the whitest of indie rock nerds shaking throughout.

Somehow, the band retain this incredibly melodic and compelling nature with repetitive phrasing (like its more single-oriented moments in "Cassius," "Electric Bloom," and "Balloons") or breathtaking flows and scale hops. Times like those are what'll stick in your head long after the 54-minute (including two bonus tracks) disc has concluded, but you'll come back for the band's scrappy interplay and energetic camaraderie.

It's hard to say much else of an album that largely speaks for itself. Foals are the real deal, and its members are only in their early 20s. Don't mind the indie-hip vibe; if stagnant bands and tired-sounding records are what ails you, take Antidotes.

"Cassius"



"Balloons"

 

 
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rocktopus (June 18, 2008)

Score is for this album and Q and Not U.

WaitingRoom (June 9, 2008)

The song "Electric Bloom" really puts me in the mood. Oh my, as soon as I heard this band, I thought, Minus the Bear. Touche!

thirtyseconds (May 24, 2008)

Cassius is a great club song

HeresLookinAtYou (May 23, 2008)

This band reminds me of Snowden a lot.

SloaneDaley (May 22, 2008)

Set Your Foals?

butmickler (May 22, 2008)

this band fuckin rocks, live and on record. But more live

R3vengeTherapy (May 22, 2008)

I can see the Minus the Bear influences you spoke of, but after listening to the record I was thoroughly annoyed by the vocals, and it's not poppy in the good way, but in the "repeat something 100x and maybe it'll get stuck in their brain" kind of way. The vocals seriously killed this for me.

gregchillerton (May 22, 2008)

Usually I hate this kinda stuff but for some reason this band have just clicked with me- great stuff!

RoyStorey (May 21, 2008)

Has anyone heard any of the last.fm contest remixes yet?

osloboditelj (May 21, 2008)

Bloc Party is basically the perfect analogy here: good influences, good in theory, but boring, poppy, and watered down to the actual ear. Not bad per se, just not distinctive enough to merit attention.

mysafetysharvard (May 20, 2008)

i love british bands and i love minus the bear, but i just can't dig these guys. the shit just doesn't work.

nate_derby (May 20, 2008)

Well this has piqued my interests...

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