You could argue that once-math rockers then indie-funkateers Foals are the archetypal 'NME band'. They've won a stack of awards from the music-paper, not least for the triumphant second album 'Total Life Forever', but have managed to keep their feet on the ground throughout.
Although the band pronounced the 2010 release as 'the sound of an eagle's dream dying', hitting 11 on the Pretentiousometer in the process, they delivered an assured and confident set of proto-disco and atmospheric rock that finally convinced this writer that Foals had made a slow-burning follow-up to the distinctly jagged and angular debut, 'Antidotes'. In just two years, Yannis Philippakis and chums turned from 'difficult' to 'definitive' with the song 'Spanish Sahara' being an obvious highlight and a NME favourite, not just at the Shockwave Awards but also with its readership.
So, quite what they'll make of the band's much-anticipated third album is anyone's guess - it'll have to go some way to surpass the acclaim heaped on its predecessor. During the autumn, you can judge for yourself - Foals are returning with the aforementioned long-player next year, promising 'dirtier, heavier' material with a funkier edge, but will unveiling some of the songs on an intimate tour in 2012.
The chosen venues are not a typical size for such a big act, the first of which will be the Queens Social Club in Sheffield on 28th November 2012, followed by Lock 42 in Leicester on the 29th and several more intimate dates until Tunbridge Wells' Forum on 11th December. The nearest show to London (at present) is Brighton on the 10th. Petite Noir and Trophy Wife share support duties throughout the tour.
We'll have tickets available from Friday 12th October, priced from around the £15 mark - they'll sell fast.