Foster The People – Torches

Band: Foster The People
Album: Torches

California’s Foster The People formed in 2009 and quickly gained interest with the release of “Pumped Up Kicks,” followed by a self-titled 3-song EP earlier this year. Mark Foster, who mans both the guitar and keys, fronts this Los Angeles 3-piece. Mark Pontius is on drums and Cubbie Fink provides backup vocals in addition to bass. With a viral EP release and live performances at SXSW, Foster The People garnered enough attention to gain a spot at Coachella, furthering their quick rise in the “indie scene.” The band is set to release their debut and highly anticipated full-length, Torches.

The album starts off with 2 of the songs from Foster The People’s acclaimed EP. “Helena Beat” instantly puts them alongside the likes of MGMT and Passion Pit, particularly with Foster’s standout falsetto. However, Foster The People is not simply copying a sound, as the band delivers substance and a sometimes darker meaning behind their energetic music. Lyrically, “Pumped Up Kicks” is rather disturbing, looking at youth and violence/revenge. The third track from the self-titled EP, “Houdini,” lands on the second half of the album.

Though most of the material I’ve already been familiar with remains a highlight, the rest of the collection does not disappoint. Throughout the album, there are insanely catchy hooks and choruses just begging for a sing-a-long at a live show, such as with “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls).” “Call It What You Want” nods at early 90s pop influences, while “Miss You” features booming interludes because vocals. Even the “oohs” and “las” are incredibly inviting, such as with “I Would Do Anything For You.”

With a fresh vibe, this album is a refreshing accompaniment to summer, giving off that cool California surfer feel. The album is quite the debut, but after a summer of touring and music festivals, we’ll have a better idea of Foster The People’s lasting power. For now, though, tap your feet, dance along and enjoy this great summer album.

Torches will be released on May 24th via Sony Music and Foster The People will be following up a sold out Lee’s Palace show with a sold out Mod Club show on June 18th.


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