Foster the People

Foster the People

Formed October 2009.


Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The group is composed of Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Jacob "Cubbie" Fink (bass and backing vocals), and Mark Pontius (drums, percussion). The group's music, described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, spans many genres.

Foster founded the band in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as a struggling musician and working as a commercial jingle writer. After Foster's song "Pumped Up Kicks" became a viral success in 2010, the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at the music festivals Coachella and South by Southwest. After releasing their debut album Torches in May 2011, "Pumped Up Kicks" became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid-2011, reaching number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, number three on the Rock Songs chart, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, while charting on the Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts. The group received two Grammy Award nominations for Torches and "Pumped Up Kicks". Their second album, Supermodel, was released in March 2014.

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Torches

    Torches 2011

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    A debut of MGMT-like magic to leave you pumped up for more.

Latest Tracks Played on the BBC

  1. Cover art for Coming of Age
  2. Cover art for Pumped Up Kicks
  3. Cover art for Best Friend
  4. Cover art for Pumped Up Kicks (Glastonbury 2014)

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  1. Who knows what he'll get up to next!

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    Dev BBC Radio 1

  4. The home of the Radio 1 Live Lounge

    Fearne Cotton BBC Radio 1

  5. Chris Hawkins starts your day with new music, forgotten classics and session tracks.

    Chris Hawkins BBC Radio 6 Music

  6. Music and chat with Lauren Laverne.

    Lauren Laverne BBC Radio 6 Music

  7. Intelligent music, conversation and a variety of guests every weekday afternoon.

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  1. Reading + Leeds 2014

    Reading + Leeds 2014

    Sat, 23 Aug 2014

  2. Glastonbury 2014

    Glastonbury 2014

    Fri, 27 Jun 2014

  3. Foster The People

    Foster The People

    Tue, 24 Jun 2014

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