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[[caption-width-right:349:(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 indie rock. Or both. Either way, {{Hipster}}s everywhere were dismayed to hear "their" music get mainstream airplay.

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

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

* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Pontius ''and'' Cubbie on "Pumped Up Kicks." [[IAmTheBand Foster recorded the whole thing by himself]] with the intention of it being just a demo.
** They also don't appear on "The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones" ([[ACappella for obvious]] [[SelfBackingVocalist reasons]]), [[CreditsGag but the liner notes credit them with drums and bass respectively]]. Even more strangely, Foster is credited with guitar, vibraphone, and celesta, of all things.
* ACappella: "The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones"
* AfterTheEnd: The video for "Helena Beat", complete with packs of semi-feral kids.
* AlbumSingle: Five off of ''Torches'', including "Pumped Up Kicks" and "Houdini".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Pseudologia Fantastica"
* AudienceParticipationSong: At live sets, the third-last chorus of "Pumped Up Kicks" is usually sung by the crowd.
** During "Call It What You Want," the crowd is often [[CallAndResponseSong prompted to answer]] "You say now, ''"what's your style?"'' and ''"who do you listen to?"''" with ''"Who cares?!"''
* 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, "[[CapitalismIsBad the ugly side of capitalism.]]"
* ConceptVideo: "Helena Beat," "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)," "Houdini," "Pseudologia Fantastica," and "Best Friend" all have narratives in their videos, and more often than not they have [[LyricsVideoMismatch nothing to do with the song itself]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Supermodel'' is definitely lyrically and in most cases musically much darker than ''Torches''.
* EgocentricTeamNaming
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Warrant" begins with the sound of an angelic choir, and then a minute in, the drums, piano, and bass join in, after which it's a little over another thirty seconds before the lyrics start.
* EpicRocking: "Tabloid Super Junkie" clocks in at six minutes, more than half of which is an extended instrumental section that gets more noisy and frantic as it progresses.
* GratuitousGreek: The title of "Pseudologia Fantastica" is the greek-derived psychological term for pathological lying.
* GunNut: "Pumped Up Kicks" is about a [[LonersAreFreaks isolated, psychotic teen]] who plans to [[AxesAtSchool bring his gun to school]] and "show it" to the cool kids who wear expensive shoes.
* ImAHumanitarian: The "Best Friend" video features a supermodel who ''eats other supermodels to [[YouAreWhoYouEat gain desired aspects of their appearance]].''
* IWillWaitForYou: "Waste" is about waiting however long it takes for somebody to realize you care about them.
* LyricalDissonance: "Pumped Up Kicks" is a upbeat, summery song (complete with a whistling hook) about gun violence.
-->'''Foster:''' [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/click-track/post/be-specific-foster-the-peoples-mark-foster-talks-about-pumped-up-kicks-a-sunny-and-violent-new-hit/2011/06/22/AGjf48fH_blog.html Yeah, can you imagine if I'd written "Pumped Up Kicks"]] [[MurderBallad as a ballad? It'd be the most depressing song ever.]]
** "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 [[MoodWhiplash a little jarring]].
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "Don't Stop" is about [[AChildShallLeadThem what a child would do if he ruled the world]]; the video involves a con man [[PaperThinDisguise posing as a driving instructor with a fake mustache]] (Mark (Foster)) who fights with his student (Gabourey Sidibe), causing them to drive all over sidewalks and through buckets of paint, attracting the attention of police officers (Mark (Pontius) and Cubbie) who are after the con man and eventually [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere stranding them all in the desert]] with nothing but the police cruiser and all the presumably stolen money.
** "Helena Beat," as well, contrasting a [[OdeToSobriety song calling out denial of drug addiction]] and self-destructive tendencies with a video set AfterTheEnd in which a man (Mark (Foster)) gets kidnapped, severely beaten, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking separated from his]] [[PostApocalypticDog dog]] by a [[TeenageWasteland group of wild children]], strapped up to a machine with an older guy at the other end, and [[FountainOfYouth turned into a child himself]].
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: In the "Call It What You Want" video, Pontius looks at his reflection and notes that something's missing. His reflection hands him a tube of lipstick and demands he kiss him; later, we see him CoveredInKisses.
* MinisculeRocking: "The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones," 0:33 of [[ACappella pure vocal harmony]].
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: ''Torches'' places pretty squarely around a 2-3, while ''Supermodel'' is mostly around 3-4, with "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" and "Tabloid Super Junkie" treading a 5.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Again rises between ''Torches'' and ''Supermodel'':
** ''Torches'': rests mostly from 1 ("Don't Stop," wall-to-wall fun and childlike imagery) to 5 ("Helena Beat," which, while being about drug addiction, is never overt enough to hit a higher rating).
*** The exception is "Pumped Up Kicks," which hits at ''least'' 7 due to its theme of homicide ([[TeenageDeathSongs toward minors, at that]]) and implied mental illness and either [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] or [[AbusiveParents abusive]] father of the narrator.
** ''Supermodel'': from 3 ("Coming of Age," slightly angsty but mostly just introspective) to 7 ("Pseudologia Fantastica," "You'd off yourself to save your reputation").
* MrFanservice: In "Call it What You Want", Mark (Pontius) appears shirtless and Cubbie is shown in a bathtub.
* MrsRobinson: The character in the second verse of "Love."
--> ''"Sarah, she's a cougar, got moves like barracudas / On the hunt for the ones that look under twenty-two years..."''
* MurderBallad: "Pumped Up Kicks," being about a kid who shoots his classmates. A ''mass'' murder ballad, at that.
* 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," "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying The Moon," "Tabloid Super Junkie," "Helena Beat," "Houdini," "Life on the Nickel," "Chin Music for the Unsuspecting Hero"
* OdeToSobriety: "Helena Beat" reads like a back-and-forth between a drug addict and a recovering addict trying to get them to admit that they have a serious problem; the implication of the chorus is that the addict is so messed up that they can't stay upright without tying themselves to a chair.
** "Best Friend" and "Goats in Trees" can also be read like this.
* [[OfCorpseHesAlive Of Corpse They're Alive]]: In the "Houdini" video, a lighting rig falls on the band as they're rehearsing and kills them. Their managers call in a crew to robotically reanimate their faces and turn them into literal dancing corpse puppets to put on a show. The crowd does fall for it, but the illusion ends with the concert.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted by Mark (Foster) and Mark (Pontius)
** OddNameOut: Mark Foster, Mark Pontius, and... Cubbie Fink.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Cubbie Fink.
* PopStarComposer: Mark Foster co-composed the score to ''Little Boy'', of all films.
* [[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.
* RecycledLyrics: "Don't Stop" and "Broken Jaw" both contain the line "I've broken every law."
* RhymingWithItself: "Don't Stop" pulls it ''twice'', with "shoes" in the first verse and "ride" in the second.
* 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".
* {{Sampling}}: "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying The Moon" samples [[Music/AsapRocky A$AP Rocky]]'s "LVL."
* {{Scatting}}: "Are You What You Want To Be?" and "Pseudologia Fantastica" have hooks that go "Na-nanana-nanana-nanana" and "Doo-doo-doodoodoo-doo" respectively.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Mark's dog in the "Helena Beat" music video flees after they're ambushed by a bunch of kids.
* 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) [[FingerGun 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..."
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: "Pumped Up Kicks" is slightly guilty of it, with the distorted vocals on the verses difficult to pick out and the chorus more or less completely intelligible.
** "Houdini" is their worst offender, though, with "sometimes I wanna disappear" being the token understandable line among what sounds like mostly gibberish. Within the song, the bridge gets the worst of it; not only are the words (aside from the repeated "Raise up to your ability") slurred together and nigh-impossible to pick out, they're also absent from the liner notes.
* SuddenlyShouting: "A Beginner's Guide To Destroying The Moon" is sung pretty much normally (although with frequent register changes) up until "And we've been crying for a leader to speak like the old prophets..." at the end of the second verse, which is shouted. It doesn't quite cross into CarefulWithThatAxe territory, but it's still startling on the first listen.
* SurrealMusicVideo: The "Call It What You Want" video definitely qualifies as this.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Call It What You Want"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The dog in the "Helena Beat" video runs off as soon as Foster's character gets into trouble. He never does come back.
* WritersBlock: "Best Friend" is about this.
* YouAreNotAlone: The message of "Best Friend."
--> ''"I'm here, no matter where you are / I'm waiting here with open arms, no matter where you are..."''
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