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Foster The People – Torches

31 May

Foster The People – Torches

7.3/10


Tracklist:

1. Helena Beat
2. Pumped Up Kicks
3. Call It What You Want
4. Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop)
5. Waste
6. I Would Do Anything For You
7. Houdini
8. Life on the Nickel
9. Miss You
10. Warrant


Foster The People is the L.A. three-piece; Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, percussion), Mark Pontius (drums), and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals). They have released Foster The People EP which contained three songs, one of them being: “Pumped Up Kicks”, which gave them lots of recognition and radio play in L.A. Foster The People, like Cults were also signed to Columbia after only a three song EP. Torches is their debut full length album. This album starts off with two of the EP songs “Helena Beat” and “Pumped Up Kicks”. “Pumped Up Kicks” is a song that if you didn’t know any better is a happy pop song, but if you listen to the lyrics, it does have a dark underlying meaning about “youth violence” as Mark Foster puts it. With such lyrics as: “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you’d better run, better run, outrun my gun. All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet.” In an interview (2:50 mark) Mark states he wrote the song trying to “get into the head of a kid who loses his mind and goes on a rampage”. “Pumped Up Kicks” was undoubtedly one of the catchiest songs of last year, but if you’re going into this album with the expectation that all the songs will be that way, I think you’ll be kind of disappointed. Some tracks that stand out (other than the EP songs) are “Call It What You Want” and “Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop). Torches is a decent debut and an okay listen for a band that is just that: decent.

For fans of: MGMT

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