Power to the people! It's implied in the band's name, right? It seemed appropriate when fans of Foster the People turned out in droves last week to protest the removal of the band's massive mural in downtown Los Angeles.
Foster the People – which plays a post-Lollapalooza date at Stir Cove on Tuesday (August 5th) – needed a big promotion for the power-pop-rock trio's new album, Supermodel. So they recruited a group of street painters and graffiti artists to recreate the album's cover on the 148-by-126-foot side of a building in Los Angeles. The mural is the largest ever created on the West Coast, taking a dozen 16-hour days to complete.
Fast-forward to last week when city officials were prepared to have the mural removed because the band didn't get the okay from City Hall. An online fan petition that collected more than 12,000 signatures and a hip mayor put the removal on hold ... for now.
If there's a takeaway from all of this, it's that Foster the People is a music fan's band. Sure, you can question their indie cred now that they're on Columbia Records. But they're pop-dance inventiveness is still intact and remains a sound worth investigating.
You might have stumbled upon Foster the People back in 2011 when the band's video to their song "Pumped Up Kicks" went viral. The infectious and lyrically dark song, from Foster the People's debut album Torches, was everywhere in 2011-12. If you latched on to that undeniably catchy tune, you should find the new material tasty, too.
The band – led by singer-songwriter Mark Foster – has released three singles from the new album so far, all of which capture the pop-minded indie rock foundation that Foster the People builds upon by adding dancey vibes ("Are You What You Want To Be?" "Best Friend") and psychedelic spices ("Pseudologia Fantastica").
It's a musical concoction that should play well in a live setting, especially for those who favor busting moves. Get in the mood for the show by watching the video to my favorite cut from the new album, "Pseudologia Fantastica," by clicking here.
If that flips your pancake, then you'll want to be at the show on Tuesday.