Saturday evening saw some 3500 people, decked out in their bestest kicks all in the spirit of rockin’ it out with Foster The People. Mark Foster (frontman) and his bandmates, Mark Pontius (drums) and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals) graced Fort Canning Park last Saturday, making their performance the first sold-out concert of 2012.

 

Opening band, The Auditory Effect warmed up the crowd with their indie rock/electronica sound that resulted in a little trippy-dancing and suspicious head-bobbing in the crowd. I would say that the band is like Interpol meets The Killers and Neon Trees, with the slightest hint that they’re probably best friends with Brian Molko (lead singer of Placebo).

 

As soon as Foster The People came on stage, the crowd was roaring and blazing with excitement. Kicking off the evening with the oh-so-infectious, Houdini, the band immediately vanquished all the restlessness away with incredible synth and beats that expectedly ensued some finger and toe tapping.

 

The 75-minute set included all 10 songs of their current album, with an unreleased track ‘Ruby’. Seemingly all this glitz and glamour is still surreal for them as the band paid tribute to their heroes, Weezer by covering their sexy single, Say it Ain’t So.

Foster the People sure surprised many with their extended mix of the ubiquitous smash hit, Pumped Up Kicks. The band ended the night with their infamous song, making the crowd go wild and hysterical and gave a little more flavour with some electronic mix, accompanied by a hint of dubstep had many shaking their pom poms and waving their hands up in the air.

 

Overall, the talented trio definitely hit all the right notes with their energy, beats and synths. With an amazing album so far, the sky’s the limit!

 

-Imran Meer

 

Photos by Charles Loh