Walking out on English degrees at Oxford University, Yannis Philippakis and Edwin Congreave formed the band Foals through a love of techno, kraut-rock and post-punk; and set about melding their musical influences through playing house parties across the city. It culminated in a distinct mix of quickfire rhythms, jaunty melodies and an intense chemistry that was dubbed "math-rock" and they were quickly snapped by Transgressive Records. Produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Siteck, debut album Antidotes (2008) received rave reviews and reached Number 3 in the UK charts, while single Cassius was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 50 tracks of the year. Described by the band as "tropical prog", follow-up Total Life Forever (2009) progressed to a starker, more delicate, melancholy sound, winning a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize and reaching Number 8 in the UK album charts. Their unique swell of frantic guitar pop have made the band firm favourites with the UK indie crowd and America took note too, with their albums released on legendary alternative label Sub Pop.
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