Foals are set to return with new album What Went Down – listen the record’s closing track below – on 28 August, but how many more LPs there will be is not clear, frontman Yannis Philippakis is “pessimistic” about humanity’s chances.
Speaking in the latest issue of Q – out now in print and digital – the singer vents at some of his key bête noires, including “shy Tory hipsters”, and takes aim at his fellow humans.
“Adam Curtis [Bitter Lake documentary-maker] says it best, he exposes the layers by which we’re essentially manipulated, nodes in the system. We think we’re free and it’s a sleight of hand, we’ve been cultivated for the desires of multinationals, for profit,” he tells Q’s Sylvia Patterson of the cause behind his gloomy outlook.
“For all the Googling, all the selfies, all the great IKEA furniture, the world is as savage and dark and brutal as ever. I feel pessimistic about being part of the human race. It’s not something I would endorse any more!”
Get our latest issue now for the full feature on Foals and their new album What Went Down, plus watch the video for the record’s closing track A Knife In The Ocean now.