Foals released "2am" as the second single from Life Is Yours
on February 10, 2022. The band started writing tracks for the album in the bleak lockdown winter of 2020. Writing upbeat tracks like this one in their south London rehearsal space offered much needed hope and escapism. "We were thinking about parties, club nights and being drunk on the bus at 2 a.m. trying to get home," Philippakis told NME
. "All of it: the excitement before you go out, meeting up with your friends, the wild abandon. 'Who's got the pingers? Where are we going?' This is all of that youthful excess of going out."
"We really wanted to revel in the power of rhythm and music and what that brings to your body, heart and soul," he added. "It's an absolute banger of a track and feels joyous and full of light to us."