Foals follow their first ever #1 album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 with today’s release of their first documentary and tour film, Rip Up The Road. Now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, the film joins its companion piece, the Rip Up The Road - Live From Alexandra Palace EP, which is streaming at Amazon Music.
Rip Up The Road captures a very specific snapshot of one of our generation’s most beloved and progressive bands. Filmed over a 12-month period as Foals embarked upon a world tour, it hones in on two career highlight shows at London’s historic Alexandra Palace.
In 2017, following four Gold-selling records and ten years of non-stop touring, the acclaimed Oxford quintet found themselves at a critical juncture. Founder member and bassist Walter Gervers decided to leave, and the process to create a new album involved the band ditching big-name producers and plush studio environments in order to create with minimal interference. With singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakis taking the production helm for the first time, not only was a fifth record created, but so was their sixth - combining to form their most ambitious and socially conscious project to date, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost.
The raw and intimate Rip Up The Road captures a group of friends whose regeneration has led to their most challenging yet creative era yet, as they set sail once more against a relentless schedule. It follows Foals throughout their 2019 world tour, spanning North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, as well as the British summer festival season. The result is a documentary that explores the role of bands in our current climate, the extremes of euphoria and isolation linked to touring, and what it takes to retain hunger and inspiration in an often unforgiving industry.
Interspersed throughout is vital new footage of the band performing live, mixed by legendary producer Alan Moulder (U2, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin). The documentary was directed by our very own Toby L, and edited by Jerry Chater (Radiohead’s ‘Meeting People Is Easy’ and Grant Gee’s ‘Joy Division’ documentary).
Rip Up The Road received its premiere at the Rio Cinema, Dalston on Monday as part of the Doc’n Roll Film Festival. The screening was followed by a Q&A session featuring Foals and Toby L.
Foals’ Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost campaign continues with extensive touring in 2020. See all dates below, and get your tickets here.