LIVE REPORTGREEN STAGE7/30 SAT
“The world seemed big and quiet. Now the world seems small and full of joy.”
British rock band FOALS was ecstatic to be back at Fuji Rock for the first time since 2013. “It’s one of our favorite festivals in the world,” said vocalist and guitarist Yannis Philippakis. Their music is so iconic that the crowd audibly gasped with delight after only hearing the first two notes of My Number. Needless to say the trio was welcomed back with open arms.
Their live performance today at Fuji Rock marks one of the first performances of the band’s newest album titled Life is Yours. The album is so new, in fact, that the music video of the title track Life is Yours was released just two days ago. Go check it out here!
FOALS played a couple of songs from the new album, including the single 2am. The song was released only six months ago, but it already has over 10 million streams on Spotify. And although it was an incredible performance of an incredible song, today’s audience was far more invested in hearing the old classics from the band’s ample repertoire.
Spanish Sahara had people jumping out of their seats at the beat drop, Mountain at My Gates was a major people pleaser, and as previously mentioned, My Number was very well received. The end of the set was super memorable with Philippakis coming down to ground level to play amongst the crowd. He even took a selfie with a fan while shredding it on their rock song What Went Down. Drummer Jack Bevan was also working the crowd by throwing out some of his drum sticks to the crowd! I’m sure he created core memories for the lucky few who caught his drum sticks.
The last couple of songs were sparse with vocals, instead opting to heighten drama and end the set with a bang! What Went Down and Two Steps, Twice were the exact types of songs you imagine when you think of epic rock music. FOALS gave their fans exactly what they wanted! Let’s hope they don’t have to wait eleven years to come again like last time.
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