Foster the People is a Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio, comprised of Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Mark Pontius (drums and extra percussion), and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals), that emerged into the spotlight in 2011, earning two Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The band previously received nominations for Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards and Best New Act at the Q Awards.

Foster the People released their chart-topping, critically acclaimed debut "Torches" in May 2011. The album made its Billboard debut at #8 and has been certified gold. The album is chalk full of "upbeat, multicultural left-of-center pop" songs that are shaped by Foster's "sharp pop songwriting and crisp productions," explains the Los Angeles Times who were early supporters of the local band. To date "Torches" has generated singles in "Pumped Up Kicks," "Helena Beat," "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" and "Call It What You Want."

"Torches" includes the bands' certified triple-platinum single "Pumped Up Kicks," which earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and a MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Rock Video. It features the band's signature Californian-style, electronic beats and distinctive lead vocals from frontman Mark Foster and tells the story of a young boy pushed to the edge and turning to violence. In an interview with The Washington Post, Foster said, "Artists have always observed society and art has always been subversive, and I don't think that's a bad thing. The song came from a place in my heart. I was thinking about, Why are kids doing this, why is this an epidemic in our country? Kids are getting younger and younger and bringing a gun to malls or schools or parks and killing people. What is going on in a kid's head that goes through something like that? So I wound up going inside a kid's head and telling a story."

For the band's next single "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)," the band worked with the UK MVA Video of the Year awarded duo Daniels to film a 3D music video for the Nintendo Video service on the Nintendo 3DS system. The video, which co-stars Gabourey Sidibe, debuted on December 8, 2011.

Foster the People to Perform at Elton John's Academy Awards Party 2012 — The Grammy nominated and Billboard chart-topping band was thrilled to be involved with the 20th annual event for the legendary singer's AIDS Foundation. Read more...





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