Foster The People have come a long way in a year from playing the Hoxton Bar and Grill to selling out the Brixton Academy, even having to add an extra date.Embarrassingly I have to admit the reason we missed the support act is that we were having a few crafty (and much cheaper!) drinks in the Weatherspoons down the road but arrived in good time to get a good spot and feel the mountain of anticipation building.
The LA trio had drawn a huge crowd, mainly due to the success of their massively catchy ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ from the O2 adverts. Energy and excitement filled the venue as the casually dressed band opened with ‘Houdini’.
I found the moderately good-looking Mark Foster to be a flawless front man, a crowd-pleaser who was a real showman from start to finish. As he bolted around the stage taking to the keyboard, switching to the drums and singing all the while, we were knackered just watching him! I found myself wishing that I’d spent some time learning the words to their songs as I was desperate to sing along and I was also surprised to discover I knew a lot more of their material than I realised…. these guys are definitely not a one hit wonder!
We were buzzing from the electric atmosphere and were left wanting more between each high-energy number with long ghostly intervals.To add to the entertainment big foam like bubbles were dropped from the ceiling onto the audience which my friend likened to eggs falling out from between a giant woman’s legs?!!
The boys put on a great show and I’ll definitely be showing my face at one of their appearances at this summers festivals!
- Danielle Webber