During an exclusive interview with Radio.com, British buzz band Foals discussed “Inhaler,” the first single from their recently released third studio album Holy Fire, and what they were trying to achieve when they recorded the song.
“Definitely with ‘Inhaler,’ we wanted to convey just raw, brutal elegance,” explained lead singer Yannis Phillippakis. “We wanted it to be huge. We wanted it to sound like a volcano or something in the chorus.
“It sonically portrays some of the feelings lyrically about claustrophobia and asphyxiation,” Phillippakis continued about the Holy Fire album “We wanted it to have this element of wanting to burst out of your environment and kind of create space and obliterate everything around you.”
Holy Fire was produced by legends Mark “Flood” Ellis and Alan Moulder after sessions with another producer failed to yield what the band was trying to create. Flood and Moulder are famous for their work with such artists as Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and the Smashing Pumpkins.
“With Moulder, you’re working with the right guy in order to get that kind of like tasteful rock production,” Phillippakis said. “It’s not like corporate rock or anything. It’s just got the meatiness of like, the joy of guitars, heavy guitars.”
Foals have mapped out an extensive North American tour in support of Holy Fire, linking up with the band Surfer Blood for a majority of the shows. Foals are also on the bill for both weekends of the sold out 2013 Coachella festival, although a small supply of tickets for the second weekend (April 19-21) were recently released and are available for purchase here.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local