Foals是由主唱/吉他手Yannis Philippakis、吉他手Jimmy Smith、贝斯手Walter Gervers、鼓手Jack Bevan、键盘手Edwin Congreave这五位20岁出头年轻小伙子所组成的乐团，在英国家乡牛津相识，相谈甚欢下进而组起乐团来，只因为都未曾创作过舞曲曲风的作品，所以就决定以尝试此为出发目标，也因为投身创作，就读牛津大学的Yannis和Edwin不惜休学，其中只有团员Jimmy完成大学学业。★ 包含多种不同型态的风格、五位思想离经叛道的青年，造就曲风光怪陆离、难以定位，却又难以抗拒的Foals★ 单曲「Balloons」进军英国单曲榜#39，NME大胆赞誉「New bands that will define the year!」从Hot Chip、Klaxons、LCD Soundsystem等几组团体掀起近几年燃烧全球的Dance-punk新浪潮音乐，这种将舞曲与摇滚调和的新一代曲风渐渐普遍受到大众的欢迎，在2008年的开端，又一独立厂牌乐团大放异彩，持续这股新兴浪潮推到顶点，NME大胆赞誉「New bands that will define the year!」－ Foals。要将Foals归类是一件很难的事，不能说他们是完全承袭哪一种曲风的乐团，团员表示受极微音乐(Minimal Music)大师Steve Reich、Post-rock/Math-rock乐团Sweep The Leg Johnny影响极深，他们几乎每种风格都全盘接受，也偏爱像贾斯汀、Gwen Stefani等时下流行的歌曲，应该要说他们是个集结以上影响并综合来自四面八方的元素，包含Techno, Rock, Pop, Punk, Experimental等多种不同型态的风格、五位思想离经叛道的青年，造就曲风光怪陆离、难以定位，却又难以抗拒的Foals。乐团首张专辑"Antidotes"由David Andrew Sitek担任制作人(Yeah Yeah Yeahs)，在去年先行发行的单曲「Balloons」，怪诞的乐器弹跳节拍与漂浮在空中电子微粒相辅相成，拿下英国单曲榜#39；高昂躁动的「Cassius」有着大量规律的吉他拨弦声、厚实鼓声予以此曲背景强劲的支柱，歌曲之高潮部分夹带恰到好处的合成音效；认为自己对音乐的要求是到达了强迫症程度的怪才主唱Yannis无法忍受杂乱无章的音乐，追求极致美学的他，要求在他的音乐上必需有完整架构与型式才行，钟爱将音乐以古怪的排列方式将之呈现，也许难以相信，但结果竟出奇对味，是一组另全球乐迷相当期待的乐团。Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals -- whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name -- 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 (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed. The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgression Records, who released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks.