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posted Friday, January 24 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 04
Foster the People pumps up The Crocodile
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Foster the People pumps up The Crocodile

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

FOSTER THE PEOPLE
THE CROCODILE
January 19


Where in the world did Foster the People go? Well, for the last year, they've been nowhere, except holed up in a recording studio putting together a new record. The California pop-rock trio only performed one live show in all of 2013, making Sunday's concert at The Crocodile their first gig in a long, long time.

But rusty, they weren't. The three-piece band, joined by less than a handful of support musicians and backup singers, kicked off the 90-minute appearance with 'Pseudologia Fantastica,' a track from their forthcoming sophomore release, Supermodel. Group frontman Mark Foster, who looked fit and striking in an all black denim-tee shirt combo with golden-cropped hair, stretched his bulky arms (someone's been working out) in the air as white strobe lights flickered behind him. They quickly followed with 'Miss You' from 2011's Torches.

'Well, it's a good night to be in Seattle,' Foster said with a smile. Many concertgoers were garbed in Seahawks attire, as the Seattle vs. San Francisco NFC Championship had just been completed a few hours earlier. But the crowd scrunched into the intimate venue for this special performance - the first of only two shows before Foster the People appears at Coachella - didn't come for a post-game rally; they came to hear their favorite tunes and fresh material by this LA-based act.

They got exactly what they wished for. 'Call It What You Want,' 'Waste,' 'Life on the Nickel,' 'Houdini' and 'Helena Beat' found everyone bouncing and punching the air with their fists, while some danced in what little space they had around them. Things suddenly got very warm on a bitterly cold night. The much-anticipated 'Pumped Up Kicks' featured Foster whistling sweetly midway through the number, as a swarm of velvet lights provided a dramatic backdrop.

But the audience responded well to newer stuff, such as 'Ask Yourself,' 'Nevermind' and 'A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon,' and also 'Coming of Age,' the leadoff single from Supermodel. A three-song encore sealed the concert, beginning with an acoustic solo version of 'Fire Escape' by Foster and ending with a highly energetic delivery of 'Don't Stop (Color on the Walls).'

From my vantage point, I caught limited glimpses of fellow band members Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. But from the few viewing opportunities afforded me, they looked cheerful and rather dashing on stage.

Supermodel is set for a March 18 release, and it's expected that Foster the People will tour nationally this spring or summer.

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