These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Foster The People
Ear Worm: Quite a few to be found on Torches. Try getting the whistled hook from "Pumped Up Kicks" out of your head upon hearing it... it's not easy.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite not being as well-known to mainstream audiences as "Pumped Up Kicks", many fans consider "Houdini" to be the shining point of Torches. "Pseudologia Fantastica" and "A Beginner's Guide To Destroying The Moon" are also considered this for Supermodel.
Harsher in Hindsight: "Pumped Up Kicks" is about a guy who acquires a gun and plans to shoot people for it. This becomes much harsher in hindsight, due to the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and especially due to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Not really that harsher. It was written with Columbine in mind, so it's kind of Exactly As Harsh In Hindsight.
Nightmare Fuel: "Pumped Up Kicks," being known for its Lyrical Dissonance about gun violence, one can't help but be reminded of the Columbine High School massacre, because many peoples' comments wondered if this is what the song's about (among other shooting attacks); due to this, I've done a lot more of research on the massacre... and now will never be able to listen to "Pumped Up Kicks" again without picturing Eric Harris' and Dylan Klebold's school shooting taking place.
Mark Foster was in high school when Columbine went down. Rest assured: There's pretty much no way he wasn't thinking of it when he wrote the song.
There's an available instrumental version of the song. At minute 1:02, right before it gets to the chorus, you can hear a brief, distorted voice. It's hard to understand what it says. To me, it sort of sounds a bit like, "Leave here when you die." What's creepier is that I - nor even many of us - noticed this bit in the original! Worse, it sounded like people were shouting during the chorus... turns out it was rhythmic clapping.
The video for "Best Friend". Trippy visuals of the band playing, tons of Body Horror and Uncanny Valley, a woman plunking herself up and it ends with her choking on a dress. Good lord, they've truly topped themselves with this one.
Signature Song: "Pumped Up Kicks," being their breakout single and their only Top 40 hit to date, is the song by which most people tend to identify the band.