With their hip sounding single 'Pumped Up Kicks' climbing the charts, you might be surprised to find out that band actually finds a lot of 60 and older fans at their shows, but that's just what lead singer Mark Foster says the band sees.
"At our shows, there are a lot of hipster kids dancing, people who dress cool. Then there are adults -- like moms with their daughters; moms who are way more into it than their daughters," he says. "We played a show in Minneapolis and there was a 60-year-old woman just going crazy."
It's an impressive reception for a baby band just stepping out with its debut full-length, "Torches," due May 24 on StarTime Intl/Columbia. The release follows the success of "Pumped Up Kicks," which is No. 4 on Billboard's Alternative chart, and has sold 222,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
" 'Pumped Up Kicks' is one of those songs that blends something really familiar with something that's very modern," Foster says of the broad appeal of the song, which boasts a laid-back, lo-fi '60s vibe, a slick bassline and an undeniably catchy chorus. "It's a song where you could lay on the couch and listen to it or you can get up and dance around the room to it."
In between spring dates in the United Kingdom and the United States, Foster the People will return to its hometown for a performance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on May 23. The group will also make such festival stops as Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and Australia's Splendour in the Grass.
And is the group ready for whatever its all-ages crowds may hold? "We make music for everybody. We're not trying to be super-niche," Foster says. "It's Foster the People, not Foster the Younger-Looking People."