Aidin Vaziri | Did you sleep on one of the best postpunk acts of the year? Well, it’s not too late. Fronted by the brilliantly named Yannis Philippakis, Foals went from playing house parties in their native Oxford, England, to joining the increasingly eclectic roster at Seattle powerhouse label Sub Pop with a fantastic first album, “Antidotes.” Featuring songs propelled by shouted choruses, spiky guitars and fluid tribal rhythms, it almost makes up for the band members’ geometric haircuts and bad fashion sense. Catch Foals at the Sub Pop 20th anniversary festivities in Seattle
Yannis Philippakis of Foals
Q: What does it feel like the first time you walk into the Sub Pop office? Do you get a sense of the history, or does it just smell like old flannel?
A: You do, yeah. Definitely. And it just makes it all the more real because, up until that point, we had only met a few people and stuff. We just bumped into Mark Arm from Mudhoney, and I grew up listening to his band, so that’s pretty weird.
Q: Do the old grunge guys just hang out in the lobby waiting for people to recognize them?
A: I wouldn’t know, but I just saw him, and that was cool. Continue reading.