It’s been three years since Mark Foster and his band Foster the People released new music but the wait has ended in stunning fashion. For many fans, the cryptic Facebook image countdown of VII, VI, V, IV...III marked the completion of a long anticipated break from a band that many consider one of the best of the 2010s.
Little did most know that when a picture of the Roman numeral III appeared on their social media feed in hot pink lettering on April 27, that they would immediately be rewarded with three brand new songs from Foster the People and a new EP titled III.
The theme should be pretty clear by now, three years, three songs, III. So, in honor of this momentous occasion, a new summer tour and a new full-length album to come, here are the three things you need to know about III (listed in Roman numerals, of course).
I. Mark Foster has never been one to shy away from sharing what it means to be a songwriter or the inspiration behind his music.
For III, Mark states “One of my favorite things about music is that it's unifying. 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.” With each song having its own up-tempo flair, III reflects Mark’s comments by bringing fans a high energy mix of new music to get their summer started off in a positive direction.
II. The three songs featured on the new EP are not the original three.
When new music first started surfacing from the band at live shows, an additional track, “Lotus Eater,” was being debuted alongside “Doing It for the Money” and “Pay the Man.” Although “Lotus Eater” does not appear on III, fans can be hopeful to see it featured on their next full-length release.
III. III wasn’t simply a Foster only work.
One Republic’s Ryan Tedder co-wrote “Doing It for the Money” and his fingerprints are all over it. Not a traditional One Republic type of song, “Money” does have that catchy-as-hell quality Tedder fans are so used to. With a bass line that makes the insides feel warm and fuzzy and lyrics such as “But if you're down I'm a soldier up / You better learn to shoot or learn to duck / There's no retreat and no escape / If we can dream then why are we wide awake?,” this song is sure to be a fan favorite for a long time to come.