Foals formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis and Jack Bevan, along with Andrew Mears, Jimmy Smith and Walter Gervers.
The band began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan’s former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single Try This on Your Piano in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies. Philippakis added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties and Edwin Congreave soon joined in on keyboards.
Despite the dance-punk sound, the band is heavily-influenced by math rock, techno, post-rock and minimalism.
My Number is taken from their forthcoming 3rd album, Holy Fire, out on February 11th.