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Los Angeles electro-indie-pop-rock band Foster the People never had much official “indie” status, having been scooped up to the major leagues within their first year of performing. After making a decent splash at music festivals and creating a serious buzz with infectious numbers such as “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Helena Beat,” Foster the People are making good with a debut album that’s as fresh as sunshine and as refreshing as a surf wave. The group have touches of California sunbaked pop in their repertoire, but there’s also a dark Euro-disco groove lurking under the hooks of “Don’t Stop (Color On the Walls)” and the thick, goth-like wash of “Waste.” Singer Mark Foster plays and programs enough keyboards to give the songs a grand entrance, while other members contribute to the production to jazz up and space out tracks like “Miss You” and “Life On the Nickel.” “Warrant” works under an ambient haze. “Houdini” charges with an unforgiving groove, squeaky synths and a falsetto that reaches back to the ‘70s disco era.

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this band is amazing!! torches has been long awaited but was definitely worth it! foster the people are gonna be a huge success!!

Am I Missing Something?

It's not that great....I don't get all the hype on this album. The song "Pumped Up Kicks", their hit, is not anything special. If anything annoying and slow. I would not listen to this, it doesn't appeal to me I guess. The wierd voice effects makes it hard to listen to, and in my opinion, bad. I must be missing something here for these guys are Top 10 in Canada for both album and song and I don't see much talent. Honestly, I can't trust "Top 10" songs and albums because they just are not a reliable source of great music. Sorry...not my cup of tea.

The Sound of Summer, 2011

Perfect for long drives in the sun. For barbeques in the backyard. For listening while consuming that tall, cold glass of beverage.
Haven't heard anything this refreshing since Yeasayers "Odd Blood".

Biography

Formed: 2009 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trio Foster the People make melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop. Foster initially began the project alone, but before long he added long-term friend Cubbie Fink on bass and drummer Mark Pontius to complete the lineup. The following year, their single "Pumped Up Kicks" was posted on their website, picking up considerable buzz online and significant airplay on KROQ, alongside packed performances...
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