The soulful electronic indie pop of Foster the People belies the band's short history. Formed in Los Angeles in late 2009, the trio released their first studio album just a year-and-a-half later, in May 2011.
Hot on the heels of breakthrough single 'Pumped Up the Kicks', the debut LP, 'Torches', was a critical and commercial hit in the US and Canada, claiming No 1 spots in the US Alternative and Rock charts and making the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
The single and album stand-out 'Pumped Up the Kicks' is a tight, accomplished four minutes of indie synth-pop, with a texture reminiscent of MGMT. The rest of 'Torches' is just as good - Mark Foster, Mark Pontius and the fabulously named Cubbie Fink sound like they've been together a lifetime. When they visit the UK in November, the threesome will be joined by regular tour members Sean Cimino on guitar and Isom Innis on keyboards and piano.
Foster the People play the HMV Institute in Birmingham on 21st November, followed by gigs at the Manchester Academy and the Shepherd's Bush Empire, before the final show at Thekla in Bristol on 26th November.
Tickets went on sale today and cost £12.50 for London and just £9 elsewhere. An absolute bargain.
Ahead of the autumn UK shows, Foster the People play Glastonbury, Lovebox and Latitude festivals here before heading back to the US, Lollapalooza and the rest of their American tour.