There was a time two summers ago when a day wouldn’t pass without hearing Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” It was the summer the band was last in town, when they headlined a show at Deer Lake Park. The award-winning band returned to Vancouver on Wednesday night, playing a pumped up set at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Touring their latest release, Supermodel, the all-ages gig seemed to attract fans of all ages (including parents who seemed to enjoy the music). Vancouver-based Old Man Canyon opened the evening, just after 8 p.m., a band perfectly suited for the acoustics of the Theatre.
Following their short set, Foster the People hit the stage with a bang an hour later. Lights flashed, and visuals were on full display behind the band- a trend that is now more widely used in the live music scene. The stage was decorated with large icicle-type displays that were also part of the epic light show and visuals.
Opening with “Miss You” was a great way to get the fans engaged immediately, as more sing-a-longs happened during songs from their album Torches. The band’s singer, and multi-talented musician, Mark Foster was the highlight of the show- with his energy bursting on the Theatre’s stage, and his voice unbroken even after admitting he woke up with bronchitis a few days ago.
“If you know the song, please help me out,” he said to the crowd, as the band began to play “Waste.” There was a kaleidoscope of colours, and the acoustics in the venue was enough to keep many mesmerised.
Although because of the seating, fans were restricted to dancing at their seats. Playing a great mix between both albums, the crowd clapped along through “Goats in Trees”, a song beautifully performed live. The loudest cheer was heard after the charismatic performance of “Houdini”, clearly a fan favourite, which was soon followed by “Pumped Up Kicks” and a dancing crowd.
The band’s sound has definitely changed over the two albums, and a major highlight of their new sound was during a synchronized drumming set on “The Truth.”
Foster The People ended their set with “Helena Beat”, electrifying the crowd with the lighting and Foster’s energy, before leaving the stage for their encore. Foster returned to the stage to thank the crowd, “Thank you so much for a fantastic night, Vancouver.” To close, the band performed “Best Friends” and “Don’t Stop (Colour on the Walls).”
Before the last song, Foster shared a few words with the Vancouver crowd, “The fact that the world is changing so fast, all the technology, integrating our community together, it’s incredible,” he said. He continued to talk about the human body, the human heart, and spirit, asking to find the connection in each other and to “maintain a sense of community.”
The band’s new album has a more mature and eclectic sound to it, and their latest show (in a Theatre nonetheless) displays the same growth and maturity. It will be interesting to see their growth from here.
For more pictures and videos, check out our earlier post here.