Foster The People
"Pumped Up Kicks," with its thumping bass line and irresistible chorus, went to #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and peaked at #4 on the Rock Songs chart in '11. The song put Foster The People on the map.
The group started a couple years earlier ('09) in L.A. as Foster & The People; named after frontman Mark Foster. But everyone misheard the name as Foster The People - which had friendly, communal connotations. There was no point in fighting it, so the group became Foster The People.
With Sean Cimino (guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, and backing vocals) and Isom Innis (keyboard, piano, and backing vocals) supporting Foster The People onstage, the group made a positive impression at South By Southwest which lead to the recording of their debut album, "Torches." For their self-titled EP and full-length effort, the group got production help from Foster's friend Zach "Reazon" Heiligman.
Originally slated for release in November '13, sophomore set "Supermodel" was pushed back to avoid getting lost in the shuffle and running up against "fourth-quarter competition."
Comparing "Supermodel" to their debut, Foster stated that the latter was a "clearer picture of what I've had in my head."
2011 Foster The People