by Luigi Gianni
Where the hell have these guys come from!?
Mark Foster was a struggling musician in Los Angeles in 2009, writing commercial jingles for living. His luck changed one year later, when he wrote their most famous song yet, Pumped Up Kicks. The hit became a viral success after Foster posted the song in its website for free.
He then joined friends Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius to form the band we know today, Foster & the People. Well… Almost the band we know today. It happens that their first fans misheard their name, calling it "Foster the People". In the end, Mark didn’t mind, and started enjoying the nurturing image it evoked of “taking care” of people.
In 2011 they released their debut studio album, Torches. Allmusic called it “catchy, electro-lite dance-pop”, and drove comparisons to MGMT and Phoenix. U2 guitarist The Edge singled out the album as one of his favorite records. Now the band is touring around the world while recording their second album, as Mark has promised at least a couple of new songs until the end of the year.
Critics are still wondering though what kind of style Foster the People is trying to evoke, if any… In Mark’s own words: “Who cares? Call it what you want!”
I don't. I’m just glad they’re here.
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