At The Lexington, Foals were playing a warm up show for their gig supporting Blur at Hyde Park the next day. Now, you could be forgiven for assuming that with a warm up gig, they would you know, be warming up and not make so much effort. Foals aren't like that tho. If they've got a gig, no matter what it is, they go all out with it. So the tiny crowd of us who managed to get tickets were treated to an awesome Foals set, with all the throwing about of selves, the passionate playing and the Yannis climbing on & over whatever he physically can antics that would expect at any Foals show. As with the ATP performance, they air some new songs and show us a taster of what's to come with the next album. About half to two-thirds of the way thru the set they played one of the new songs. It was real good. REAL good. Better than anything they'd played so far. Then it got to the crescendo, and I realised what was coming next. It was a real hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck moment. Then it kicked in. It was THAT song. Any of you ever get that thing where you're listening to a song, and it's so good and moves and/or excites you so much that your face buzzes? Well I get that, and when part 2 kicked in my face was BUZZING. And the song panned out the same as it had before and all I could think was something the equivalent to that scream of "FUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!" that I had before.
And sure, people got more into the familiar ones and danced at their known favourites, but that song, THAT song, that was the moment of the gig that just made you realise the real power of this band.
Fuck, that sounds wanky but seriously, Foals have fucking STRUCK GOLD with that song.
"To keep us young..."