hmv reviews…Foster The People @ London's Troxy
On the day (yesterday, March 24th) that they released their second full-length effort Supermodel, L.A pop trio Foster The People headlined a sold-out London Troxy to celebrate. We were there to take it all in, here's our review…
Foster The People, the brainchild of Mark Foster, a man who got sick of writing advert jingles and decided to write awesome, summery pop songs instead.
The Troxy, an old school theatre in the heart of East London.
Any good supports?
Say Lou Lou, Swedish/Australian twin sister musical duo who come with ethereal, baby Kate Bush style pop songs. They went down okay, but no better than that.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was totally sold out, which is unsurprising given the last time Foster The People toured the UK they headlined London's Brixton Academy three times.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Despite the fact that Supermodel was now on shelves, the set was still heavily geared towards material from their debut album Torches. They started with 'Life On The Nickel', before rolling through 'Miss You' and new cut 'A Beginner's Guide To Destroying The Moon'. The set then hopped between fan favourites from Torches like 'Houdini and 'Waste' and newer tracks like 'Coming Of Age' and 'Pseudologia Fantasia'.
They wrapped things up with a foursome of 'Pumped Up Kicks', 'Helena Beat', 'Best Friend' and a triumphant 'Don't Stop'.
Any good between song banter?
This was all a bit unusual actually, frontman Mark Foster was clearly a bit worried as the band were missing a member of their backing band and actually apologised for the band sounding thin, when he really needn't have bothered.
Did they put on much of a show?
Some lovely lights and a stage full of musicians, that's kind of all you need really.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was, unsurprisingly, 'Pumped Up Kicks', which sent the crowd into delirium. They stopped it three songs from the end, just as things were really peaking…
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a big US tour planned after a few European dates, but they'll be back for shows at this summer's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Foster The People's new album Supermodel is out now and can be previewed by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page.