Video of the Day: Foals

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The Weeping Elvii have no shortage of love for Foals, the London band which has earned our affection with vigorous, audience-breaching performances. They do so while employing classic techniques to create songs that climb and plunge about on a roller coaster of emotivity, and have recently entertained festival crowds at Coachella, Governors Ball and Bonnaroo, and will soon continue their tour of America’s festival circuit at Lollapalooza.

So how does a band become a staple at the biggest American music festivals? If you look at recent history, bands that have achieved this distinction include luminaries such as Foo Fighters, Muse, Passion Pit, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and The xx. Clearly, these are bands with strong individual followings (and mostly bands with record company muscle behind them). But that’s not their best connection. Instead, it seems to be a well-earned reputation for unique, incendiary live performances that leave their audience saying, “Wow.”

Whether your boss is staring over your shoulder as you watch Foals’ new video for “Bad Habit,” or whether Dick Smith at the NSA is watching what you’re watching…they’re likely the have the same reaction to this NSFW video. Wow.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.