Feels Like Overnight Success for Foster the People

Foster the People, a peppy new band from L.A., were dominant on TV talk shows this week clocking in a performance of their alternative radio hit, “Pumped Up Kicks”, on Jay Leno as well as on Jimmy Kimmel where the band also performed “Helena Beat” and “Warrant” from their just released debut album, Torches.

An enticing blend of influences including Phoenix, The Beach Boys, The Polyphonic Spree and pop techo bands from the eighties inform Foster the People’s bright, dancey stage presentation and songs. Propelled by what is shaping up to be a potential mass appeal hit in “Pumped Up Kicks”, Foster the People is another example of how even the alternative radio scene is embracing lite poppy, albeit quirky, sounds these days.

Founded by singer/keyboardist, Mark Foster, in 2009, FTP have in a short amount of time emerged as a band to watch in the coming months. Credit the internet for the viral explosion that occurred after the band put “Pumped Up Kicks” on their website and critics blogged about it. This is a lucky but certainly talented band. Supporting the extensive airplay at alternative radio (and crossing over to pop), FTP are currently on a major tour with stops in L.A. for the KROQ “Weenie Roast”, San Francisco for the “Live 105 BFD”, and numerous summer music festivals.

Update: Watch their interview/spotlight on Carson Daly where they talk about “Pumped Up Kicks” and rushing to success. Also check out their KROQ acoustic station performances of “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini”!!!


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