Foster the People's Mark Fosters Gives Hints About New Album
The band's also going on tour, but good luck getting tickets to the already sold out show at the Riviera Theatre on May 16th. Marty Lennartz had the chance to discuss the new record with lead singer Mark Foster. They talked about what the musician has been up to since their last tour, and the differences between the new album and Torches.
Question- Your last album, Torches, was such a success, and now you're faced with that rock and roll cliché or that music cliché that you have your entire life to make your first record, and now you have to do a second one, so how did you approach doing a second record that was different than say Torches?
Mark Foster - Well, I think you're right, you know. It was interesting kind of writing, having a shorter period of time to write these songs, and I think the biggest difference from writing the second record and from writing every record I put out now for the rest of my life is just that the biggest difference from the first record is that I know people are going to hear the songs and I think just that thought, it's really simple and but sort of profound and it can do a number on you creatively, and for me, I just try to keep that thought outside of the room and return to what it was like to write songs when I was just sitting in my little studio apartment, to make sure what I was writing was authentic and did not have any thing to do with people's expectations on what the record should sound like.
Question - You were talking about how you wanted this record to be sort of organic and human, do you think the record lived up to those expectations?
Mark Foster - Yeah, that was something that was really important for us as a group, and that was something that we talked to Paul about, Paul Epworth the producer, just really wanting to sound like five guys playing together in a room, you know. I think that after touring for two years, we really kind of gelled as a band, but before that, going in to the Torches tour, we'd only been together for a few months, so I think going into this record there were some elements musically that we wanted to bring that I think maybe had more of a closer identity to who we are as a group, and part of that I think was really embracing our imperfections. He had a lot more to say here.
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