Foster The People Live on Letterman Review

By Michel R Dussack

On October 26th at 9pm, Foster The People took the stage at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater to play a special show for contest winners that would be broadcast live online around the world. To say this band has had the quickest rise in the music scene this year would not be an hyperbole – just six months ago in April, they were playing the absolutely tiny Mercury Lounge in NYC, and now they’re selling out multiple dates at 3,000+ capacity venues and doing webcast shows. This fact seems to have even caught lead singer Mark Foster off guard as he remarked in between songs about The Doors once playing on the same stage.

The band brought their full light show with them, and it’s quite a remarkable sight to behold. Each of the eight songs played that night had an entirely different lighting arrangement, something rare to see in a band still touring their debut album. The months of constant touring have honed their skills, and Foster has become quite the frontman, though he still maintains his awkward dance moves. The three official members of the band (Mark Foster, Mark Pontius, and Cubbie Fink) are joined by touring members Sean Cimino and Isom Innis on stage in order to accurately translate the material to a live environment. Notably, Innis plays nearly everything throughout the course of their set including keyboard, synthesizer, piano, maracas, percussion, and backing vocals. The band went through excellent renditions of nearly every song on the album, though the crowd really started to get into the show towards the end during “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” as Foster ran all over the stage, guitar in hand. Single “Helena Beat” kept up the intensity of the crowd and performance, and the band took things down a notch for a slow keyboard based interlude that lead into massive hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. However, much to the surprise of the crowd, this wasn’t the typical version of the song that everyone was used to. In fact, it was a much extended version of the song that lead into a remix outro that bordered on dubstep and techno. With that, the 45 minute performance was over, with everyone in attendance feeling fortunate enough to catch a band skyrocketing to fame in what has now become a fairly intimate venue for them to play in.

Watch Foster The People’s Live on Letterman session at http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/foster_the_people/video/

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