Foals were created by singer Andrew Mears, who after the band's first release, he decided to devote himself to "Youthmovies", the band he had followed from 2002. The other members, after the band's new music contract, left their studies later, apart from Jimmy Smith (guitars).
Except Smith, the original members were Yannis Philippakis on lead guitar, Jack Bevan on drums (he plays the percussion instrument also) and Edwin Congreave on keyboards. After the release of two singles, the band's first album "Antidotes", came out in 2008 in the UK (reaching the third position on the album charts) and almost 2 weeks later in the USA. Their second album, "Total Life Forever", came out in 2010 and gained a nomination for the Mercury Prize of 2010. The music video for the song "Spanish Sahara" was shown in 3 TV-shows trailers and was also part of a soundtrack and a video game.
Foal's third album "Holy Fire", with which they claimed a Mercury Prize for the second time, came out in 2013, with Alan Moulder and Flood on production (it is said that they were recording the band's training in order to have a more liberated sound!). November of that year, the band started touring around the UK. The next album "What Went Down" which peaked at no. 3 on the UK charts, is regarded by Philippakis as the band's heavier and louder album.
Foal's releases include 4 live EPs and the film "Live At The Royal Albert Hall", while they are regarded as one of the best live bands in the UK. They announced 2 new albums for 2019, "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1" that came out in March and the following part 2.