[[caption-width-right:350:(l-r) Mark Pontius, Mark Foster, Jacob "Cubbie" Fink]]

Foster The People is an American band from UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, formed in 2009. They were originally called Foster & The People; their name was eventually changed to its current state after people [[{{Mondegreen}} misheard it as such]]. Founding member Mark Foster liked it so much (due to its nurturing connotation of "curing the people"), so he just stuck with it.

Along with Music/{{Fun}}'s "We Are Young", the sudden ascent of their BlackSheepHit "Pumped Up Kicks" is supposed to have either heralded the arrival of Generation Y's second phase or spelt the death knell of IndieRock. Or both. Either way, {{Hipster}}s everywhere were dismayed to hear "their" music get mainstream airplay.

* ''Foster the People EP'' (2011)
* ''Torches'' (2011)
* ''Supermodel'' (2014)

!!Tropes associated with '''Foster The People''':

* AfterTheEnd: The video for "Helena Beat", complete with packs of semi-feral kids.
* BlackSheepHit: "Pumped Up Kicks" isn't exactly radio friendly (in sound ''or'' lyrical content), so its success on pop radio was pretty surprising. It's also unrepresentative of ''Torches'' as a whole, as the album skews more towards electropop than straight indie rock.
* TheCameo: [[Literature/{{Push}} Gabby Sidibe]] appears in the "Don't Stop" video.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Supermodel'' is meant to be one about consumerism and, in Foster's words, "the ugly side of capitalism."
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Supermodel'' is definitely lyrically and in most cases musically much darker than ''Torches''.
* EgocentricTeamNaming
* EpicRocking: "Tabloid Super Junkie," the [=iTunes=] pre-order bonus track for ''Supermodel'', clocks in at six minutes, more than half of which is an extended instrumental section that gets more noisy and frantic as it progresses.
* IWillWaitForYou: "Waste" is about waiting however long it takes for somebody to realize you care about them.
* IndecipherableLyrics: "Pumped Up Kicks" is slightly guilty of this. The whole song sounds as if it were recorded on a broken drive-thru speaker. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], though, by the recording that was released originally being just a demo.
* LyricalDissonance: "Pumped Up Kicks" is a upbeat, summery song (complete with a whistling hook) about gun violence.
** "Ask Yourself" is one of the most upbeat songs on ''Supermodel'' and while most of it isn't particularly incongruous, the second verse begins with the line, "You're coughing blood again / I know 'cause I clean up the mess every now and then," which is [[{{Understatement}} a little jarring]].
* MinisculeRocking: "The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones," 0:33 of pure vocal harmony.
* MrFanservice: In "Call it What You Want", Mark (Pontius) appears shirtless and Cubbie is shown in a bathtub.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Many people have a hard time describing the band's sound, and it's actually the subject of "Call It What You Want""
--> ''"You're taking your words and you take your judgements and stick em on to everything / If it don't conform to what you were born into, then you run the other way / You say now "what's your style" and "who do you listen to?" / Who cares?"''
* NonAppearingTitle: "Pseudologia Fantastica," "Goats In Trees," "Helena Beat," "Houdini," and "Life on the Nickel"
* OneHitWonder: It remains to be seen if they can release another single that reaches the great success of "Pumped Up Kicks", or at least comes close to it. At the very least, further singles "Helena Beat" and "Don't Stop" have been warmly received on American alternative radio.
** "Don't Stop" later started to cross over to some pop radio stations, but it died out quickly. For now, it is safe to say that "Pumped Up Kicks" will probably remain their only song to ever reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted by Mark (Foster) and Mark (Pontius)
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Cubbie Fink.
* [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Real Life Writes the Song]]: "Pumped Up Kicks". One of Cubbie Fink's cousins survived {{Columbine}}. Foster himself was bullied in high school.
* RecordProducer: Mark (Foster) produced ''Torches'' with the notable Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin.
* RhymingWithItself: "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" rhymes "shoes" with "shoes" at the end of the first verse.
* RockTrio: Although, the band used to have four primary members. They usually tour with a few other musicians in their band as well.
* RomanticHyperbole: "I Would Do Anything For You".
* ShoutOut: [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lu0xauN17y1qesphqo1_500.jpg "Call It What You Want" was filmed in the same mansion where Lady Gaga shot her "Paparazzi" video!]]
** Also in the same video: during one scene, Mark (Foster) motions to shoot at his teenage fangirls. Taking the subject matter of "Pumped Up Kicks" into consideration, one could assume that Mark ''really'' likes guns, or at least it seems so.
* SillyLoveSongs: "I Would Do Anything For You"
* SingerNamedrop: "Love" starts out, "Hello, my name is Mark..."
* SurrealMusicVideo: The "Call It What You Want" video definitely qualifies as this.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Call It What You Want"
* WritersBlock: "Best Friend" is about this.