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Foals announce their new single ‘Wake Me Up’

Fans have long-awaited the follow-up to Foals’ last album, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, released in 2019

By Grace Almond

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Foals' Yannis Philippakis (Picture: YouTube)

Foals have confirmed their new single, ‘Wake Me Up’, which is due to be released on Thursday, November 4.

The news comes after the band posted a mysterious video online, teasing the single.

The post featured a short 11-second clip, showing an iPhone lock screen with a floral background and an alarm sounding at 6.10pm on Thursday November 4, with the date also appearing at the bottom of the screen. The only caption provided was a hashtag: “#WakeMeUp”.

Now, in another tweet, Foals have confirmed the single’s release date, inviting fans to pre-save it ahead of its release. Fans have eagerly anticipated the follow-up to their 2019 album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, which was released in two parts in March and October that year.

The band – comprised of frontman and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer Jack Bevan and rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith – recently announced the departure of their keyboardist Edwin Congreave in September this year. Their final show with Congreave was at All Points East Festival on August 30 at Victoria Park.

Philippakis recently told NME about the new record: “We can see what the record is, and the future looks fantastic.”

He continued: “We’ve been working away and writing all year. We’re just in the last stages of it and it’s feeling like a more optimistic record than the last two. It’ll be a more physical record. We’re really excited to have a record that’s almost ready, but not quite.”

Recently, Foals were announced as one of the additions to the line up for Mad Cool 2022, which will take place in Madrid. The festival will take place from July 6-10, and Foals will play on the Thursday, which is due to be headlined by Imagine Dragons and The Killers. 

Meanwhile, Foals recently reimagined their 2019 song ‘Neptune’ for the soundtrack to recent BBC documentary ‘Universe’, narrated by Professor Brian Cox. They collaborated with German composer Hans Zimmer (‘Gladiator’, ‘Inception’, ‘Dunkirk’) to rework the track.

The show “journeys across the vastness of time and space revealing epic moments of sheer drama that changed the universe forever”, according to the show’s synopsis. It premiered yesterday (October 27) on BBC Two.