Foals perform at the Green Stage.
Foals perform at the Green Stage. Patrick Gorbunovs

Foals enjoying hot Australian summer

FESTIVAL goers have been melting in the summer heat at the Big Day Out, but Foals are happy to escape the UK winter.

The prog rock four-piece are touring the country with the festival ahead of next month's release of their third studio album Holy Fire.

"It's kind of an isolated process being on tour, so it's nice to just catch up with some old friends," front man Yannis Philippakis said.

Aussie music lovers are some of the first in the world to hear songs from the highly anticipated album performed live.

"We definitely really wanted to come back (to Australia)," said guitarist Jimmy Smith.

"With our first record we never made it out here so we kind of feel like we're almost indebted. It's a pleasure to be here. We feel a lot of love here."

Philippakis said the band would play the first track off the album, Prelude, as well as previously released singles Inhaler and My Number.

"The joy of making records is getting to communicate with people; it's the only point in doing it," he said.

"To say we're excited for people to hear it (the new album) is an understatement." 

Speaking backstage ahead of their 7pm set, Philippakis and Smith said they were keen to check out fellow BDO performers Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Crystal Castles, Death Grips and Vampire Weekend.

Philippakis made headlines recently for an interview in which he labelled French DJ David Guetta "an abomination". 

He said he didn't regret what he said and that it was "just the nature of the press".

"I believe what I say," he said

"It's just sensationalist. That's what the press is really."

The Big Day Out continues in Adelaide on Friday, Melbourne on Australia Day and Perth on January 28.

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