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It’s the concert I have been waiting and wanting to attend for ages and I really didn’t know what to expect but Foster the People were off the scale.
Brixton Academy was rammed full of people (lots of fit young FTP look a likes in the audience) and the energy levels were very high.
For a group with one album and 10 songs honestly raised the roof. The guys were so energetic and enthusiastic it was infectious.
I was so pleased to see just the 5 of them on stage and a vast array of instruments set up. All of which they played with aplomb. Each band member was playing numerous instruments at the same time and they used their obvious talent to extend and rework the tracks from Torches.
Disobeying health and safety instructions (!) the whole audience was up dancing, singing and jumping about.
For a group that aren’t that well known (at least amongst my peers) it would seem they have a huge following. They’ve had to add extra dates to the London tour and all dates are sold out.
I was in seventh heaven when they performed Helena Beat but the finale of Pumped Up Kicks was mind blowing. I’d love to see the boys record and release that version as it was intense and so fast. It had the audience hoarse.
At the end if Pumped Up Kicks the lead singer Mark Foster (my mate and quite fancy the bassist Cubbie (in white in the pic above)) dived on the stage and finished his last refrains surfing across the crowd.
A brilliant night and I would say a night I won’t forget.
And I haven’t even got to the geeky dancing they were doing (which Enda has mastered ) or the fab white lava bubbles they sprayed over the audience.
Call it what you want but I am really looking forward to Fridays concert at the Brixton Academy
Thanks to a certain individual I have been introduced to two great new musical acts.
The first is Foster the People who are an American band who sound anything but. There sound is fresh, organic and above all not manufactured. If I had to pigeon-hole them then I would say they are a cross of Blur, Empire of the Sun and the Go Team! and I feel that’s a particularly good mix.
This is the video for one of my favourite tracks “Helena Beat“
I love their debut album “Torches” and recommend you have a listen.
I got so into Torches that I didn’t really give Metronomy much of a listen. I apologise to them as they are a very talented group who hail from my part of the country. Their debut album “The English Rivera” is a nod to Devon and the particular name given to the resorts on the south coast.
I particularly love the fact that they have sought permission to use the original marketing graphics on their album sleeve – a very poignant and touching nod to an era that takes me back to being a child.
Enjoy their Duran Duran inspired video for “The Bay“.