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posted Friday, June 29, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 26
Foster the People pump up Seattle audience
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Foster the People pump up Seattle audience

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

FOSTER THE PEOPLE
WAMU THEATER
June 26


For a band with just one album under their belt, Foster the People have made quite a name for themselves. The Grammy-winning California trio have sold out tour dates from North America to Australia since exploding onto the scene in early 2011 with 'Pumped Up Kicks,' their first major single.

On Tuesday night, the band (Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, and Mark Pontius) played to another full house, this one at Seattle's WaMu Theater. The concert was initially sold out, and a later ticket release went fast as well.

FTP opened their 70-minute set with 'Miss You' as Pontius pounded away on a drum set positioned sideways on the stage. Foster, frontman and guitarist/keyboardist, looked snappy, if not damn hot, in a marshmallow-white two-piece suit with gray T-shirt underneath, and groomed short hair. He slipped and fell during 'Helena Beat,' then joked afterward about the probability of it showing up on video.

For a big show, there was minimal stage decor. A couple of rectangular-shaped LED panels and one circular frame that flashed various images were about it, although spectacular lighting effects accompanied each song.

Concertgoers ranged in age from little kids to adults, with a good turnout of Gay men. In fact, a male couple in front of me embraced frequently during the show and no one around them batted an eye. That's Seattle for ya.

'It's great being back', said Foster to the hyper crowd. 'Love playing here.' He made reference to this being the band's fifth appearance in Seattle - their previous stopover was just last year at the Showbox SoDo.

'Love,' a track included only on special editions of Torches, the group's debut album, was probably the best number of the night. Similar to Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Foster has great vocal chops that receive less attention than his good looks.

'Broken Jaw' featured simultaneous bongo and drum banging from Fink and Pontius, respectively, while 'Waste' was completely soaked in a bath of purple lights. (Just between you and me, Fink has a very bear-y chest.) Also on FTP's short set list were 'I Would Do Anything for You,' 'Call It What You Want,' and 'Don't Stop (Color on the Walls).' The main set concluded with 'Houdini,' which featured members of the Sound Wave, the official marching band of the Seattle Sounders FC.

Foster went solo on a sweet rendition of 'Ruby' during a two-song encore, and the group (joined by a touring guitarist) capped it off with an extended remix of 'Pumped Up Kicks' that got everybody clapping their hands above their heads as confetti showered the audience and two giant blow-up dolls sat at the edge of the stage. Foster was hoisted to the front line of the crowd to finish out an impressive, fun, and energetic performance.

It was FTP's 92nd concert of a whirlwind tour scheduled to wind down in early July, with a few European festivals in August. They're expected to return to the recording studio before year's end to work on their sophomore album.

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