There was a scene at this year's Sasquatch music festival that truly caught me off guard. I went to see Foster the People — I'd heard a few of the band's songs, and we'd posted "Pumped Up Kicks" on the All Songs Considered blog last summer — but I'd missed how many people had fallen in love with the group. The greeting Foster the People received felt like a homecoming.
Ann Powers, in a recent piece on The Record, was on the mark: This was the summer song of 2011, with dark lyrics and a hooks that can kill. The band is from L.A., and Mark Foster is its leader — it was called "Foster and the People" until someone misheard the name. It stuck.
There's plenty more to Foster the People, and in some of the darkness, there's also music filled with great joy. It's music that comes from a friendship between Mark Foster and Mark Pontius, and here at the NPR Music office, they shared the love.
- "Helena Beat"
- "Pumped Up Kicks"
Michael Katzif (cameras); edited by Bob Boilen; audio by Kevin Wait; photo by Amanda Steen/NPR