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With a shock of culture coming from Koreatown, the Wiltern theatre evokes Victorian vibes to the Foster the People following. As a plethora of indie-rock inspired, college aged individuals united at the Wiltern this past Saturday, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foster The People [/lastfm]served as a messiah to this crowd.
Although one would expect mix-match, vibrant colors as the wardrobe for most of these fans, it was classier than expected. Many adults have clearly conformed to the liking of Foster The People’s hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”
As the gathering increased it appeared the type of show that entire families or at least parents and their offspring could both have equal interest to attend. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Reptar[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cults[/lastfm] were the opening acts and a little indie pre-gaming was initiated. Madeline Follin, lead singer of “The Cults” belted out her tunes that included 60’s pop, mixed with modern electronic additions as background music. It is evident that her style was appealing to the crowd.
Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster The People sets the stage, literally for the repute of the band famously containing his last name. With a stage presence and vocal intensely similar to Scissor Sister’s vocalist Jake Shears, Foster brings a combination of personalities to the table. Massive electro-inspired repetitive upbeat drums, bass and beats inhabit all dimensions of The Wiltern Theatre. Mark Foster exclaims passionately into the mic “it’s good to be home”. Though it seems cliche, the cliche is proven right that the band appeared in it’s prime while performing in their native home of Los Angeles.
The magic begins with “Houdini” and the lights, music and action are in their most electrifying form. Foster’s beating against the black and white keys of his keyboard portrays his compassion for the sounds coming out of the speakers and into the souls of the audience.
Strong emotions are released in “Miss You.” A song title previously made famous by The Rolling Stones and is a universal slogan for the human nature of the feeling of weakness that is shared between all. The foundation of this track has a strong club feel, with mystifying vocals to follow. The beats occur in a routine manner like that of factory machinery.
The band that was created in this city in 2009 accurately incorporates the thrill of Los Angeles into their music. “Life on the Nickel” is an exhilarating representation of the very vibe that makes up the City of Angels.
As a somewhat harmonica-sounding intro reveals itself, Mark Foster interrupts its brief appearance with vocals that are in your face in “I would Do anything For You.” Anthem style vocals make up the chorus repeating “Ohh lala, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before”. The lyrics provide the listeners with a guaranteed relation to the song and it’s heart. Empathy is felt with the swaying of the young but mentally maturing crowd at The Wiltern.
“Broken jaw” follows with after effects of the song prior to it. Circus vibes enter the historic 1930’s theatre with the high-pitched, synthesized intro beats. Drums provide the rest of the calm tempo as the animosity builds in the lyrics of “Broken Jaw”.
Life lessons are contributed in the next song “Waste.” In a harmonious synchronizing order, the mental growth of the song writer is present. The lyrics of each song performed, transcend each other into the order they would in reality outside of the walls of the Wiltern the night of Oct 15th.
Though the song title is the catchiest aspect of the next track performed by Foster The People, it is self explanatory, “Call It What You Want.” With more thug qualities infused, “Call It What You Want” channels the masculinity of the often feminine side of Foster The People.
In a dubstep-rave Deadmau5 sounding background, “Helena Beat” sets the mood for a song surely to have every mouth in the audience joining the vocal roller coaster. The encouragement one’s gains from letting this song enter their soul, can serve as a best friend during the worst of times. In the confusing transition during college years that is the dominant status of the crowd, this song especially applies itself to the minds that are experiencing that very emotion behind the meaning of “Helena Beat”.
As the encore approaches, the primarily tipsy crowd of people allow themselves to be dictated by the presence of the next track “Warrant.” With a feeling of triumph, the more recent or less experienced concert goers let out a sigh of relief that the show indeed must go on, for two more songs that is. The tease of the encore convinces most, but not enough to drive them out of the adrenaline packed Wiltern and the lights that controlled their spirit that evening.
Foster The People close the show with their number one hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” performing it much like it sounds on the radio and album. While refraining from altering the live performance of this universal hit the crowd is pleased, to say the least, that they can rock out properly knowing the exact sequence of the song. Their music is feel good and true to its purpose, as apparent in the fans it reaches out to. The Torches Tour fueled the fire for the fresh, yet vastly successful indie band, Foster The People.