Why Foster The People Are Pumped Up For New Album
Foster The People have returned for their second go-round at Lollapalooza in 2017, following an appearance in 2014 in support of their sophomore album, Supermodel. This time, the GRAMMY-nominated trio are back with their third album, Sacred Hearts Club.
Released in July, Sacred Hearts Club is a departure from 2014's Supermodel, both in vibe and subject matter, but still retains elements of Foster The People that will recall hits such as "Pumped Up Kicks" and "Coming Of Age."
"I started thinking about the new record when we were still touring Supermodel," said Foster. "Supermodel was a hard record for me; it was an emotional record to write. I was purging a lot of stuff with that album and I think the one thing I didn’t really consider that I'd be supporting it for two years and living in that state of mind every night."
Going into their third album, Foster knew he wanted a set of songs that were more "joyful." The inspiration came from the current events happening in our world.
"As we were writing [Sacred Hearts Club], we were using joy as a weapon in a way as a response to everything happening in the world the last couple of years," said Foster. "It felt really good to express some of those ideas but in a joyful way to unite people."
Foster also confessed that when the band first listened to the original sequence of the album, he felt like the LP wasn't finished, so the band returned to the studio and cut songs down and added transitional periods to the album to create the track listing we hear today.
The final track listing includes the single "Doing It For The Money," which Foster began creating independently five years ago.
"I honestly forgot about it," Foster admits.
Once it was rediscovered while going through an old hard drive, the initial hip-hop-inspired idea was reworked into a Foster The People song.
"Approaching hip-hop from a songwriter's perspective was my challenge on this record," Foster said. "It's a new territory for the band to explore."