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FOSTER THE PEOPLE

KICKING THINGS UP A NOTCH

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By Charlie David Page
25th January 2012
The band were summoned on stage in the pitch black to the pounding of drums. Getting things underway with the upbeat 'Houdini', one thing was clear - Foster The People had found a way to flawlessly translate their music from recorded format into the live arena.

This was a performance to appease true fans of their 2011 album, 'Torches', and the crowd couldn't get enough of it. The band were visually spectacular, with lead singer Mark Foster both charismatic and easily in control of the stage, and the band playing a tight, polished set.

The band were also very happy to express their gratitude towards Australia, as the original location of their first international tour. This gig marked a new milestone for Foster The People - Sydney's Enmore Theatre was sold out months beforehand.

Mark was happy to entertain the crowd with his own moonwalk-esque dance moves - they featured during 'Broken Jaw', but certainly not for the last time.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE - PUMPED UP KICKS

There was even a moment during the band's performance of 'Call It What You Want' when Foster fell head over heels over one of the many drums on stage. As the audience seemed to hold their breath in unison, Mark barely missed a beat - managing to hold on to the microphone, he kept singing from the ground, before jumping up and continuing with the song as though nothing had ever happened.

There were some definite highlights for this show - 'Colour On The Walls' was a crazy cacophony of sound, 'Helena Beats' became an all-out explosion of drums, and their performance of 'Call It What You Want' (the first tune I ever heard from Foster The People, with a brilliant live version at Solana Beach) far exceeded the song as I knew it.

But without a doubt, the pinnacle of the evening came with the show's conclusion - 'Pumped Up Kicks'. Not only was it a brilliant finish to the show, but it also revealed exactly how versatile and crowd-pleasing this band really are. With the entire audience singing along to the performance, no-one could expect what came next - the song transformed entirely, turning the Enmore into a rave-like party.

Foster The People are a rare commodity in the music business - the ability to write great music that sells, and then turn that into a spectacular live performance. But this is just the beginning for this band - and the world will eagerly be awaiting their follow-up album.

FAST FACTS
BAND: Foster The People
MEMBERS: Mark Foster - Vocals, Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizers, Guitar, Programming, Percussion
Mark Pontius - Drums, Percussion
Cubbie Fink - Bass
FORMED: 2009
FROM: Los Angeles
SOUND: Indie Pop, Indie Rock
WEBSITE: Www.fosterthepeople.com
FACEBOOK: fosterthepeople
TWITTER: @fosterthepeople
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