Foster The People- Torches

I might be a little late on the uptake for this one, but I wanted to fully digest the album. Now that I have, I love it!

Mark Foster founded the Foster & the People in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as a struggling musician and working as a commercial jingle writer. After Foster’s song “Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010, they were signed to Columbia Records‘ imprint Startime International . They gained a fan base through club shows and music festivals. The group is composed of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, and Mark Pontius. Mark Foster originally named the band Foster & the People, but people misheard it as “Foster the People”. Eventually, he liked the image it evoked of “taking care” of people, so that became the name.

Foster the People is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. Their music has been described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, but spans many genres. They are on their fourth single off of their current album Torches, but as far as I am concerned they are all worth releasing. They are: Pumped Up Kicks, Helena Beat, Call It What You Want, Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls). My favorite is, Call It What You Want. In my opinion it’s the best track on the album. If you didn’t get a chance to see them at the Grammys , they did a great rendition of the Beach Boys classic Wouldn’t it be Nice. They will also be joining The Beach Boys for two special concerts this summer in Mark Foster’s and Cubbie’s home towns: May 25th in Chula Vista, CA, and June 13th in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

This is their freshman effort, and I am looking forward to their next album, because its going to be swell.


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