Foals star Jimmy Smith thinks he got “lucky” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guitarist has lived in the United States for two years and he now feels “totally different, in a good way” than he did before the pandemic.

Reflecting on the past two years, he explained, “I feel totally different, in a good way. I’m lucky because these past two years of the pandemic have had positive effects on me.”

Jimmy felt worn down by the music industry’s “repetitive machine” before the pandemic hit.

The musician visited his girlfriend in Los Angeles when COVID hit the United States and he has now decided to base himself on the West Coast of America.

He told NME: “As a band, we haven’t really stopped in 15 years. You see other bands doing stuff when you’re not busy and you just think, ‘Oh, we should do it’. because it had to be.”

Jimmy thinks the break has been good for the band.

And he thinks their newfound attitude is apparent on their latest album, ‘Life Is Yours’.

Jimmy – who plays in the band alongside Yannis Philippakis and Jack Bevan – explained: “Everyone’s position has grown stronger.

“Now there are only three of us, there is no hiding place. When we were a five with Walter [Gervers] and Edwin [Congreave]you could take a back seat.

“Now all eyes are on everyone and you need to step in. I have to say more now. I finally feel comfortable calling myself a ‘songwriter’ so I can be more confident with that.”