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Foster the People

Los Angeles’ own Foster the People have emerged on the music scene this year with their debut album "Torches".

Released after a highly successful self-titled EP and a string of festival tour dates, "Torches" reveals a band ready to take the next step into stardom. The five twenty-somethings that make up this indie-pop outfit are led by Mark Foster, a singer-songwriter who first began to get some buzz as a talented artist under Dr. Dre. But after impressive performances at Coachella and SXSW as well as a sold out residency, Foster the People began to build some serious buzz.

Drawing comparisons to such luminaries as MGMT, Passion Pit, and Hot Chip, Foster the People write infectious, jangling indie pop as good as anyone. The band has it all: surging synthesizer, gorgeous harmonies, and a distinctly breezy, cool SoCal demeanor. Gaining attention initially for their 90’s-sounding anthem “Pumped Up Kicks”, the songs on Torches are notable for their bouncing melodies that are subtly soaked in dazzling electronic tinkerings. In this sense, Foster the People combines the electronic sensibilities of Hot Chip with the groove of MGMT, with a pinch of Passion Pit’s incredible falsettos thrown in too. Perfect for warm, carefree summer nights, "Torches" has unsurprisingly already charted in the US, Australia and Canada.

Foster the People are currently on a summer tour in support of "Torches", with dates into October. They've got stops in LA, the UK, at the Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Austin--but performances are starting to sell out. This is a band that's not going to stay on the fringes for long.


Set List:
PUMPED UP KICKS                       
HELENA BEAT                                   

Recent Release: Torches
Release Date: May 23, 2011
Label: Columbia Records

Band Origin:
Los Angeles, California