Foster The People

FOSTER THE PEOPLE/QMU, Glasgow/22.11.11

There’s a lot of sold out dates on this UK tour. Did you expect to become so popular here?

(Cubbie Fink): I think we were definitely pleased to hear that everything’s been selling well. We’ve been to the UK several times now for different festivals and we recorded some of our record in London, so I feel like the UK has kind of become a second home. It’ll be our sixth or seventh trip over there this year.

Would you say Foster The People are better live or on record?

I feel like we’re getting a lot of compliments where people think the live show is better than the record. It was pretty difficult for a long time to figure out just because there’s a lot of electronic music going on, so it took time to really dial it in and figure out who would play what and how we would play it live. I feel like we’re at a place now where we’re working well and people are enjoying it. It’s definitely a huge compliment when people say we’re better live.

Do you pay a lot of attention to what people say – critics as well?

I don’t think we do. There’s a small circle of people that we trust and that we will want a critique from because we’re always looking to progress as band, so if there’s something that somebody sees that’s worth critiquing then we’ll listen to it. But I don’t think we really read into much of the reviews – we kind of just do our own thing and hope that we’re progressing and growing.

Speaking about growing – is the second album in the pipeline?

We’re definitely starting to think about it for sure. On the last US tour we brought out a portable studio with us, and Mark started conceptualising his ideas and working on some stuff. We’ve been talking a lot in the last few weeks about direction and how we’re going to approach it. The unfortunate thing this year is that we’ve been so busy touring that we haven’t had a free second to get into a room together and be creative. We definitely don’t want too much time to pass without another record.

It seems like the second album is usually regarded as the most difficult. Will yours will be better than your first album?

We’re hoping so. It’s definitely a daunting task, the sophomore album, and we realise how much is riding on it. We have watched a lot of bands come and go after their first, so we’re very aware of it and we’re going to do our best to make it better than the first. Not depart too far from where we are today, but continue to grow. We’re aware that we need to continue to make music that’s accessible, but I think we’re going to bush the boundaries to a certain extent.

On the whole, your music sounds quite happy. Are you a happy person?

Yeah, I’d say we’re all pretty happy people. That’s one of the most difficult things to do; to make music that sounds joyful without being cheesy or corny. I think Mark Foster has a knack for that, and his songs are pretty multi-layered. A lot of times it will have a joyful melody, but it will be juggled with thought-provoking or dark lyrics. Most of his music has a pretty interesting dichotomy.

Do you care about commercial success?

I think commercial success can be a bit ambigious. We definitely care about having a career and we care about doing what we love. As far as the fame side of it, that’s something that we definitely did not set out in search of. I think we’re just more concered about making good music and if people enjoy it, come to our shows and buy a record then we’ll be happy.

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