(l-r) Mark Pontius, Mark Foster, Jacob "Cubbie" Fink
Foster The People is an American band from Los Angeles, formed in 2009. They were originally called Foster & The People; their name was eventually changed to its current state after people 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 fun.'s "We Are Young", the sudden ascent of their Black Sheep Hit "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, Hipsters everywhere were dismayed to hear "their" music get mainstream airplay.Discography:
I Will Wait for You: "Waste" is about waiting however long it takes for somebody to realize you care about them.
Lyrical Dissonance: "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 a little jarring.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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.
"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?"
Non-Appearing Title: "Pseudologia Fantastica," "Goats In Trees," "Helena Beat," "Houdini," and "Life on the Nickel"
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.
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.
Something Something Leonard Bernstein: "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. Only exacerbated by the fact that the lyrics to the bridge (aside from the repeated "raise up to your ability") are conspicuously missing from the CD's liner notes.