For their latest record, Holy Fire, Foals have made a lot of moves.

They’ve been upstreamed in the U.S. from Sub Pop Records to Warner Brothers. They signed with Q Prime management, the firm behind bands like Muse, the Black Keys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica, just to name a few. And they worked with the men behind the sound of modern rock, production team Flood & Moulder. We’re talking all the best albums from U2, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey and the Killers.

So is this rock band from Oxford, England on the cusp of a major breakthrough?

All the signs seem to point to yes, but if you ask Foals (and did), they’re artists first. The idea of “stepping up to the plate” is just a bunch of words. They’re not going to make corporate rock or anything. And if you’re looking for them to, well, these are not the droids you’re looking for.

In this episode of Essentials, industry experts — including Rolling Stone’s Simon Vozick-Levinson, Editor Dan Reilly, NME correspondent Hazel Sheffield and Aritzia’s Music Director Sarah Lewitinn — tell us the story of Foals, while the band themselves turning the notion of what they’re doing on its head.

The band will take on Coachella this weekend, and will stop by KROQ’s Party House along the way, alongside acts like Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Diplo, Passion Pit and more.

Read about Phoenix’s long road to Coachella at


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