Gig Review: Foster The People At The Shrine Auditorium
Mark Foster had Los Angeles at his finger tips on Friday night.
Before Foster the People took the stage, Soko and Sylvan Esso, two immensely talented indie artists, warmed up the excitable crowd. In fact, Sylvan Esso is heavily rumored to play Coachella next year, having experienced huge success with their refreshing electronica single “Coffee,” and now “Hey Mami.”
By 10 pm, the place had completely filled up, the lights dimmed, and the beloved Los Angeles trio walked onto the stage. Starting with “Pseudologia Fantastica,” Foster The People and the feisty LA crowd knew that a special night was ahead from the get-go.Following the warm cheers that welcomed the band, Foster the People moved into “Miss You” and “Life On The Nickel,” two tracks off their stellar debut record, “Torches.” The band continued playing the old catalog, playing “Helena Beat,” the funky, infectious song that continues to make its rounds on alternative radio today.
While having some banter with the crowd between songs, an overjoyed Mark Foster revealed to the crowd that he and the band had been waiting for months to thank fan efforts to save the “Supermodel” mural that had been painted on a historic Downtown Building. Funnily enough, the girl who started the petition to save the mural was stood and the middle of the pit and received high fives all around.
Doing the “Foster Shuffle” (as fans dub Mark Foster’s footwork) and moving around the stage, Mark Foster maintained the energetic crowd’s attention all night long.The band seamlessly transitioned into “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend,” two inward looking tracks that were the first two singles off “Supermodel.” But even though the performances of these two songs were highlights of the night, the show only improved when Foster the People initiated a long electronic melody that the world knows as the beginning of “Pumped Up Kicks,” the track that launched the band into mainstream success. Every single person in the Shrine Auditorium was on their feet by then, and no one sat down until the night ended.
Riding on the crowd’s energy, Foster and co. continued the last half of their show with “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying The Moon” and “Are You What You Want To Be” from their Sophomore LP. Playing “Call It What You Want” and “Don’t Stop (Colors On The Wall)” before stepping offstage momentarily, Mark Foster repeatedly thanked their homecoming crowd for such a special night. “Don’t Stop” served as a suitable pre-encore song, as no one in the crowd wanted the buzz to fade.
Incessant cheers, aggressive foot stomping, and stage banging ensued the band’s temporary leave, but they soon returned for an unforgettable three song encore. Sat on a stool with lights dimmed and a calmed crowd, Foster played an acoustic track, “Fire Escape,” an introspective slow jam that follows one’s observations of life in Los Angeles-it’s not always so sunny and perfect in the city of Angels. After the moody beginning of the encore, the rest of the band rejoined Mark Foster on stage for “I Would Do Anything For You,” a soothing love song that the Beach Boys would be proud of. Closing the show with “The Truth,” Mark Foster ended the show on with a reminder to always be themselves and seek the truth in their lives.
After a spell binding drum-off that closed the last song, the humbled band gathered center stage to take a final bow. Safe to say, both Foster the People and the LA crowd were in awe of one another on Friday night.
Originally posted here.