For the guys of electro-rock band Foster The People, 2011 has been their year. Their debut album Torches made the Billboard top ten, their single “Pumped Up Kicks” has sold more than 500,000 copies and they just got nominated for for Best New Artist and Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Awards. Vocalist Mark Foster, drummer Mark Pontius and bassist Cubbie Fink mix electronic and “organic” music to create melodic indie-pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head. Here’s what you need to know about this up-and-coming band.
Homebase: Los Angeles
Age: Foster, 27, Pontius, 26, and Fink, 28
Sound: This band, which has been playing together for two years, is hard to pin down and they like it that way. “We want to make music that doesn’t really have any boundaries but is still something you could sing along to,” says Foster.
Style: When they attended the MMVAs in June the band looked slick in Burberry suits, but said they most envied the style of the zombies that accompanied the Far East Movement on the red carpet.
First Band Name: Foster originally called the band Foster & the People but enough people misheard the name that it eventually just became Foster the People.
Hollywood Connection: Lead singer Mark Foster roomed with late actor Brad Renfro, who broke out as a child star in The Client, and produced the last song he recorded with the band Frodad.
Hidden Meaning: You might not hear it on the first listen, but their catchy hit “Pumped Up Kicks” is really a spooky song about a kid playing with his dad’s gun. “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet.” Yikes!
Quote: What’s the biggest perk of being a Coachella act as opposed to just a festivalgoer? “We get to use the bathrooms backstage.”
Check out their newest video for “Helena Beat” – Regan Reid