Foster the People

Supermodel (Columbia)

SXSW 2014 Records

Foster the People

Supermodel (Columbia)

Foster the People's debut, Torches, heated up summer 2011 with sinister sunniness on "Pumped Up Kicks," followed by the cheery aggression of "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)," commercial tunes masking darker themes. The Los Angeles trio's sophomore Supermodel again finds frontman Mark Foster assuming the role of charismatic young anarchist casting about for someone to share his disaffection. Opener "Are You What You Want to Be?" wrestles with whether to "[say] too much and [end] a martyr" or "to face God and say I was a coward," as backed by high-voltage, vaguely South American beats. Beach single "Coming of Age" reflects on what it means to act like a grownup, while "Best Friend" drags its hot-mess buddies to the disco. Working on an epic, operatic canvas, Foster and his bandmates hide the spinach of existential angst into sweetly binge-worthy dance pop. (8pm, Butler Park Stage at Lady Bird Lake)

***

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Foster the People
ACL Live Shots
Foster the People

Melanie Haupt, Sept. 23, 2011

ACL Music Fest Friday Reviews
Foster the People
Torches (Record Review)

Melanie Haupt, Sept. 16, 2011

More Music Reviews
Friday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews
Curtis Roush
Cosmic Campfire Music (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, Oct. 12, 2018

Saturday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews
Trampled by Turtles
Life Is Good on the Open Road (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Oct. 12, 2018

More by Melanie Haupt
Battle of the Boba
Battle of the Boba
Which of these four Crescent spots has the best bubble tea?

Sept. 21, 2018

Crescent at North Lamar and Airport Now Offers Unique Asian Dining Options
Crescent at North Lamar and Airport Now Offers Unique Asian Dining Options
Long-ignored strip mall gets a makeover

Sept. 21, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Foster the People

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle