Foals’ Yannis Philippakis: Don’t feel guilty, it’s fine to just sit around as long as you need

Foals’ Yannis Philippakis: Don’t feel guilty, it’s fine to just sit around as long as you need

Foals frontman, Yannis Philippakis, has talked to NME about life under and after lockdown, new music, touring plans and the future.

If coronavirus wouldn’t happen, he and his band right now should have been gearing up for their UK arena tour victory lap for last year’s acclaimed sister albums ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ Part One and Part Two. Now, they’ve been rearranged for Spring 2021.

“We won’t be playing any shows this year,” sighs Yannis. “Just last week we were talking about putting the tour on in November, then in the five days since that decision the vibe was, ‘That’s not even optimistic – it’s just ridiculous’. Now this year is just time to change our headspace.”

Asked if he is trying to stay offline to truly reflect, the singer answered:

“A lot of people will feel that pressure magnified by social media to be more interactive. There are lots of ways that great things are coming out. Laura Marling giving guitar lessons for instance – that was really awesome. We’re all trapped at home so it’s good to try and fill the way that our lives used to be busy in these ways, but I don’t subscribe to the belief that you should be made to feel guilty if you’re not productive. It’s perfectly fine to just sit around and do fuck all for as long as you need to.”

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