[photogallerylink id=118220 align=right] The biggest new band from Los Angeles has to be [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Foster the People[/lastfm]. Their breakout hit of the year “Pumped Up Kicks” had people bobbing their heads and dancing to the seemingly upbeat track for months before anyone took time to notice the disturbing lyrics and serious topic of the song.
The group sailed through the year on the heels of the catchy tune and landed themselves on MTV‘s Best Songs of 2011 list at No. 7. And now they have announced a US tour that of course stops right here in their own hometown.
Next summer, June 30th, to be specific you can see the band that everyone keeps talking about at Gibson Amphitheatre. No doubt they’ll perform their hit song, “Pumped Up Kicks.” Front man, Mark Foster even admits that they didn’t know the song had such potential “We like the song, but we had no idea it would spread around the world the way that it has,” said Foster.
Though the formula for the song was a little unorthodox, it certainly paid off. The topic is serious, and relevant, “‘Kicks’ is really about bullying, and the tragedy that bullying produces … if that kid retaliates in a nasty way; both sides end up being harmed,” Foster told reporters. The light melody contrasts heavily with the dark overtones of the lyrics; It’s a masterpiece some would say.
“I like to tell a different type of story, lyrically, than what the music is expressing, because it brings another layer to the story itself,” he added. “I wrote it a block away from the beach, and I was working at a music house — Mophonics, a place where I composed for ads and stuff — and I think that had some influence on the sound.”
Whatever it was, it worked! Tickets are on sale today!
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People