SP20 Band of the Day: Foals + ticket giveaway!


photo by Hilary Harris

On air this week, you’ve been hearing the DJ’s feature bands from Sub Pop, especially from those performing during this weekend’s 20th Anniversary Festival at Marymoor Park from noon to 10pm on July 12 and 13th. On the KEXP Blog, we’ve also been featuring a band each day and giving away tickets to SP20. Now that the weekend is finally upon us, this may be your last chance to win tickets! Today, we’re featuring Foals

Self-described as “snotty art school dropouts hungry for the dollar”, these Oxford U.K. boys are one of the coolest new bands on the Sub Pop roster. I love British Bands who don’t take themselves so seriously, and despite the lofty Oxford expectations of becoming the next Radiohead, Foals definitely look like they’re having a hell of a good time. In other words, you probably don’t want them crashing at your pad for the weekend. Their debut album Antidotes received mixed reviews here in the U.S., but it’s been on steady rotation for many of us here in the Pacific Northwest since its release. I love the unpredictability of the beats and the uniqueness of their delivery, but I’m also a sucker for dancey U.K. electropop. You can decide for yourself if the hype is deserved, but we’ve heard great things about the energy of their live shows. What do they sound like? Put New Order, Block Party, The Kooks, Klaxons, and Field Music in a blender and you start to get an idea, but the Foals definitely march to their own beat. SP20 is the beginning of an exhaustive schedule that takes them all the way into November. 

Here are a couple videos of the band’s recent performance at KEXP:

The French Open

Red Sock Pugie

KEXP and Zune are giving you an opportunity to attend SP20. All you have to dop is be one of the first people to answer a trivia question and put “SP20″ in the subject line, and be sure to specify which day you want to go, either Saturday or Sunday. The first 4 people to respond (2 for each day) will get a ticket for that day. The ticket must be picked up at the station today by 5PM. This is the last day we are giving away tickets to SP20 on the KEXP Blog! Here’s your question:

Who produced the final mix of Foals’ debut LP, Antitdotes?

If you think you know the answer, email now
Sorry, tickets are now gone!

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