The wait is finally over for the “Foster The People” fans of Thailand as the superlative Indie Rock band from L.A has announced they will be making their way to Bangkok. Born out of a nascent relationship between frontman Mark Foster and drummer Mark Pontius back in 2009, the band achieved exceptional success with their 1st album “Torches” in 2011 and haven’t looked back since then.
On January 28th, 2018 at Moonstar Studio 8 they will be putting on their first-ever live performance in Bangkok for all the Thai fans to enjoy. They will be sure to bring along your favorite hits like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini” and fresh new singles from their 3rd album, Sacred Hearts Club, like “Sit Next To Me” and “Do It For Money”. As starters for the upcoming show, here’s 10 interesting things about the band you might’ve not known before.
1) “Foster & the People”
Yes, their first stage name started off as a simple combination of frontman Mark Foster and the backing band named “The People”. After hearing it being mispronounced over and over again, they decided they actually like the ring of “Foster the People” more.
2) “Pumped Up Kicks” was not initially released as a single
Back in early 2010, the band posted this song on the website for free download. It went extremely viral in no time and it even found it’s way on to an episode of and American comedy-drama television series “Entourage” in July 2010.
3) …and the song is not what you think it means
Hidden away in the feel-good melody and joyful indie-pop tunes is a dark and serious message about gun control. Foster wrote this song from the perspective of a teenager with homicidal thoughts. Lines like “outrun my gun” and “ better run, better run, faster than my bullet” makes more sense now doesn’t it?
4) The band met in L.A, but at film school
Both founding members Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink initially moved to L.A to attend film school and not to pursue a musical career.
5) Mark Foster’s father was the reason he moved to L.A
While most parents will do anything to stop their child from moves like this to “follow their passion” at a young age, Mark Foster’s dad did not, and instead, encouraged it.
6) The Band is heavily influenced by The Beach Boys, especially Mark Foster himself.
When asked to name the greatest song of all time, Mark Poster immediately answered “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.
7) Fans Are Known As ‘Fosterers’
Calling out to all ‘Fosterers’ in Thailand!
8) Mark Foster almost signed for Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records
According to Mark Foster, he was approached by Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records when he was 22. The deal never happened as the label saw a soul/crossover artist in Mark, but he wanted to pursue a more electronic based music.
9) Mark Foster started his music career as a Jingle Writer
Mark took a job as a jingle writer at Mophonics in L.A back in 2008 when he was still struggling to find success as a musician. It was the place where he learned, from a commercial standpoint, what people what to hear. A lot of songs from “Torches” was also recorded in Monophonics Studio.
10) …and that was where “Houdini” was written
Mark was just showing his then-girlfriend around the Mophonics studio on how he write songs by mixing a few simple drum beats and vocal samples. He revisited this composition 4 days later and decided to add some piano chords. The rest is history.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up close with one of the most popular Indie Rock bands with hits that topped Billboard charts and numerous Grammy Award nominations on January 28th, 2018 at Moonstar Studio 8. Grab your tickets today and put on your very best “pumped up kicks” for the show.