In early 2010 Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius released â€œPumped Up Kicksâ€ under the guise of Foster The People. The band put the unknowingly, transmittable song on the internet and emailed it to a few friends. A year later, over 1.4 million streams and a song that every DJ from California to Australia canâ€™t stop playing, the band announce the release of their full-length debut Torches on Columbia Records/StarTime Intl. May 24th 2011. The band will kick off release day with a performance in their hometown on ABCâ€™s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Foster The People released an EP in January that includes â€œPumped Up Kicksâ€ and two other equally contagious songs: â€œHoudiniâ€ and â€œHelena Beat.â€ By the end of their January residency in Los Angeles, 300 curious fans were stuck outside the over capacity Echo and forced to wait until the Coachella to see the songs take shape live. Meanwhile the fans inside experienced what the L.A. Times called, â€œchilled-out dance floor ready indie-popâ€. The frenzy continued two days later as the band played to an over capacity crowd at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.
And with the end of a successful residency, a single in the Top 15 at Alternative radio and the completion of their first full-length album, it became apparent that even in the coldest month of the year, Foster The People had created something that could withstand the winter and become more than the summer hit that BlackBook had declared of the â€œstunningly catchyâ€ track last year. Foster The People had created the soundtrack for your endless summer and summer was back for good!
Foster The People will debut music from Torches starting this March when they hit the road with fellow Los Angeles acts Grouplove and Le Sands. The band will also play a handful of notable gigs at SXSW and make stops at Coachella and Sasquatch!
See below for more datesâ€¦..
Foster The People Tour Dates:
3/8 Santa Barbara, CA SOHO
3/13 Santa Fe, NM Corzon
3/14 El Paso,TX Lowbrow Palace
3/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn
3/22 Solana, CA Belly Up
3/23 San Francisco, CA Independent
3/25 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
3/26 Seattle WA High Dive *SOLD OUT
3/27 Boise, ID Reef
3/29 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
3/30 Denver, CO Walnut Room
3/31 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
4/1 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
4/2 Chicago, IL Schubaâ€™s *SOLD OUT
4/3 Toronto, ON Leeâ€™s Palace
4/5 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
4/7 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
4/8 New York, NY Mercury Lounge *SOLD OUT
4/9 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory *SOLD OUT
4/10 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
4/11 Washington DC Red Palace
4/17 Indio, CA Coachella
5/30 George, WA Sasquatch