Alternative pop sensations Foster The People will continue to promote their 2014 album Supermodel – which dropped on March 18 – with a pair of gigs at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. These shows mark the band’s first New York appearance since it played the Governor’s Ball on Randall’s Island back in early June.
Fronted by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster and rounded out by bassist Cubbie Fink and drummer Mark Pontius, the Los Angeles trio will be augmented live by three additional touring musicians. These backing players help give life to Foster’s omnipresent 2011 single and encore “Pumped Up Kicks” plus recent, exceptional songs like “Pseudologia Fantastica” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.”
“On this album, we got a lot more vulnerable,” Mark Foster told The Albuquerque Journal last month. “We have experienced so much in the past couple of years. We wrote the album like no one was really going to hear it. We had to think that way or else we wouldn’t have gotten as personal.”
Foster and producer Paul Epworth set up a writing studio in a riad in Essaouira, Morocco in late 2012. The material that comprised Supermodel was tracked in an array of studios in locales like Malibu, Los Angeles and London. Acknowledging the stress that built up in the wake of 2011’s massive Torches – which was four singles deep – Foster explained, “That pressure wasn’t as big as the pressure to be more personal with music. But we’re having fun on tour and we are still enjoying meeting the fans and seeing how music affects us all.”
The end result – if the band’s recent setlists are any indication – includes a Foster The People performance that promises all of the aforementioned and features the undeniable 2014 singles “Coming of Age” and “Best Friend.” Not to mention irresistible FTP numbers like “Houdini,” “Helena Beat” and “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls).”