Review: Foster The People with support Young Empires - London

Foster The People

Kings College London Student Union
Tuesday 17th May 2011

Heading up in a lift to the fourth floor at KCLSU, the venue starts to fill up for the gig.
Foster The People, with support from Young Empires.

Young Empires are a three piece outfit from Toronto, Canada. Their blend of Electro infused Indie  Rock/Pop has a hint of White Stripes, Kooks, and Arcade Fire about them.
Lots of energy from them, using computers for backing and playing along with mini keyboards, guitar and bass, Matthew, Aaron and Jake are a real crowd pleaser, with White Doves and Rain Of Gold especially good to the ears.

Foster The People
Up next, headliners Foster The People, and boy, did they blow the place away!
A great act to see live, doing hits such as Houdini and Pumped Up Kicks, the energy from these guys from LA, is tremendous.
Lead singer Mark Foster playing a range of instruments from piano, guitar, and even the floor tom in the middle of the stage.
All five of Foster The People had the audience dancing away, playing new tracks from their album which is out in June.
Sometimes their sound reminded me of The New Radicals (remember them? - You Get What You Give) which is a very good thing...

This time last year, I saw Eliza Doolittle before she made it big, and I predicted she would be a huge hit.... and I was right!

I'm going to say the same about Foster The People, they are going to be big, and well deserved too.

Foster The People's new album TORCHES is released on 27th June in the UK, and is well worth a listen.
Single Pumped Up Kicks is released on 20th June in the UK