Seems like a few people know that I’m a fan of Foals. I’ve broken down Yannis Philippakis and Jimmy Smith‘s boards in the past. Recently, I’ve a had a few requests regarding the bass player, Walter Gervers, set up. When I think of Foals, I think about the carefully interwoven guitar lines of Yannis and Jimmy. Also think of the passive-aggressive style vocals, but I also think of the very solid and groove locked rhythm section of Walter of bass and Jack Bevan on drums. Solid!
I had a very hard time finding photos of the pedals Walter uses though, but I was able to find one older shot, which I think should be semi-accurate today. If you have any info, please let me know. Walter’s set up is basic, but sounds great. He primarily uses three pedals on the floor, but I’ve read in several places that he uses a SansAmp (probably a ParaDriver) *.
Here is a shot from 2007 (photo by Are Made of This)
Reading various interviews, I was surprised how Walter focused on his limitations and expressed his desire to increase his ability to help with the band. I now like him even more. Great to read/see humble musicians that are making music, but willing to admit they’re not awesome. I dig that.