Oh man! We anticipate that we're going to be in for a real treat when this finally comes to fruition!
Mark Foster and his band, Foster the People, are still riding on the success of their debut album, Torches, while they tour all over the world, but the frontman recently revealed that they're also using the opportunity to prepare a variety of different ideas and aesthetics that will form the baseline for the sophomore effort!
"I think it's going to take a lot of left turns. It's going to be really celebratory — a lot like our first record (2011's 'Torches') is, but in a different way. I think there's going to be more grit, and I think it's gonna be extremely percussive. I've been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of '60s, the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily. [I'm] starting writing on the road. I've got a lot of ideas. I've just been writing down lyrical ideas, writing a lot of poetry and stuff like that. We set up a studio for a few days with, like, six different drum kits and a bunch of percussion instruments from around the world. We just played tons of different rhythms, things at different bpm — fast, slow, medium-paced and stuff that's really tribal, stuff that's really militant, stuff that's really funky, old Motown grooves, and we tracked all of it and ran it through different synthesizers and filters and weird stuff. So now I can just kind of pull different grooves and different things I'm attracted to and start writing over it. Whether or not we use these grooves or if they're going to be just the spark that lights the fire, I'm not really sure. We've never really gotten to travel and songwrite at the same time. I'm just going to stay on that side of the world and travel around in some weird cultures…and just vibe out. I think it's gonna open up a whole different perspective on the way I look at the world. And to be around different instruments and in a completely uncomfortable environment…I think uncomfortability sometimes produces the best art, so I'm really excited."
It sounds as though they're really taking the time to figure out what direction in which they want their voices as musicians to go, and we always say the best way to do that is to just experience as much as you can, and figure out what you like the best after you've done so!
Either way, it sounds as though this new material has a lot of potential, and we're thrilled to see how it continues to develop!
How about U? Are U looking forward to the new Foster the People album?
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