Friday night 12/16 saw the return of British rock band Foals to New York. The band hadn’t played our fine city since a pair of shows in April of 2019, so they were overdue for a visit, and the full house at Terminal 5 was hungry for them. Core members Yannis Philippakis on lead guitar and vocals, Jack Bevan on drums, and Jimmy Smith on rhythm guitar were joined by Kit Monteith, Jack Freeman, and Joe Price as tour mates.
Together Foals played a high energy setlist that spanned their entire catalog, including three tracks from their latest release, Life Is Yours, which was released a few months ago this year. Their setlist has been consistent during this tour, with a fantastic light show to accompany the carefully plotted progression of songs. Their blend of math rock, dance punk…whatever you want to call it…got the crowd bouncing, especially during fan favorites “My Number,” main set closer “Mountain at My Gates,” and my personal favorite, the ever anthemic “Spanish Sahara.”
After finishing up the current leg of this tour with stops in Boston and Portland, ME, over the weekend, the band will head back home to the UK before returning to America in July when they’ll be opening for Paramore on their 2023 tour.
Scroll down for setlist, fan shot videos, pics of the show (photo by Ellen Qbertplaya)
Setlist: INTRO, Wake Me Up, The Runner, 2001, Balloons, Olympic Airways, My Number, Black Gold, Birch Tree, 2am, In Degrees, Spanish Sahara, Red Socks Pugie, Providence, Snake Oil, Mountain at My Gates Encore: Inhaler, Two Steps, Twice