It’s almost as if Yannis Philippakis knew he was on the precipice. The frontman for Foals says the quintet skipped their typical post-tour break in order to maintain momentum. Since the band released Holy Fire in 2013, they’ve headlined their first run of summer festivals, won numerous awards—including their second Mercury Prize nomination—and toured the world over. When you’re that close to the edge, says Philippakis, you do what it takes to go over.

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