Remember that song Pumped Up Kicks?
The seemingly innocent lighthearted summertime jam that doubled as a tune about school shootings and tackling teenage mental illness…
Of course you do.
You can thank Foster the People for that one.
From the get-go, the LA group’s been about much more than that tune, and in their recent return, they’ve proved this yet again.
In their first release in two years, the group’s unveiled three brand new songs off their forthcoming third record due out this Summer via Columbia records, “Doing It for the Money,” (which is not their thing btw), “S.H.C.,” and “Pay the Man.”
The follow-up to 2014’s Supermodel and 2011’s Torches does not have a released title at this time, but judging by the implementation of a more EDM style, the group’s taken some time to absorb what’s popular.
It’s apparent the new album’s going big or going home.
In frontman Foster’s early music days, he was a god damn jingle-writer. When you listen to “Pumped Up Kicks” this is pretty obvious.
But the verses on the three new tunes carry their listeners. They’re smooth, unlike anything we’ve seen from the group, opening up into their respective choruses and bridges.
“One of my favorite things about music is that it’s unifying,” Foster the People noted on Twitter. “We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.”
Look out for more music to follow soon, and in the meantime, listen to all three tracks below.
PAY THE MAN
DOING IT FOR THE MONEY
Catch Foster the People on their extensive spring and summer world tour.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE 2017 TOUR DATES:
05/26 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
05/27-28 – El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival
05/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea
05/30 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
05/31 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
06/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
06/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
06/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
06/06 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
06/07 – Providence, RI @ Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
06/09 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
06/10 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
06/11 – Camden, NJ @ Radio 104.5’s 10th Birthday
07/04-06 – Hradec Kralove, CZ @ Rock for People
07/04 – Budapest, HU @ Budapest Park
07/05 – Bratislava, SK @ Refinery Gallery
07/06-08 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/09 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
07/11 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
07/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
07/13 – London, UK @ Summer Series at Somerset House
07/15 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
07/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
07/28 – Toronto, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival
07/29-30 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
07/31 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
08/01 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
08/03-06 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05-06 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival