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Electric Picnic 2010 - Foals

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ATL | 23:26 UK time, Friday, 3 September 2010

Crawdaddy Stage, Friday 3rd September 9.20pm

Describe in a tweet: Hope beyond haircuts.

What Happened: Suspicions of overhyped media flavour of the month syndrome are largely dispelled. Still painfully hip, but proving that there is a previously doubted depth with a set of energetic rapid-fire riff based proto anthems.

foals at Electric Picnic 2010 photo by Carrie Davenport www.carriedavenport.com
Electric Dreams: 'Cassius' is a gem of danceable indie rock, 'Balloons' is pure menace, while relatively new songs such as 'Spanish Sahara' stand up better than well live. 'Red Socks Pugie' is a scattergun staccato shakedown of immense proportions. We're shamed now that we had almost dismissed the band as a style over substance outfit. This is long haul stuff.

Ants at a picnic: We're not asking them to come home and meet our ma, or pick out hats for the wedding, but a little interaction goes a long way. The odd good word would have made this less like a display and more like a two way thing. It's a festival lads!

EP rating: 7.5/10

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