Foster the People catapulted their career in 2010 with the release of smash hit "Pumped Up Kicks." This weekend and next at Austin City Limits, one of their biggest shows of the year, Foster chose to keep the crowd-pleaser off the set list because of mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas last weekend. "The song is about non violence," said front man Mark Foster. "But in the context it might be misinterpreted." Instead of "Pumped Up Kicks," they are playing of cover of John Lennon's "Love."
"Pumped Up Kicks" has an anti-gun message, but the lyrics convey that message through the story of a troubled teen who fantasizes about shooting his classmates. The band's decision to play the song won't come as a surprise to fans who admire Foster's social justice advocacy.
Though they decided not to play "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster did play songs off their new album, Sacred Hearts Club. The album is the band's third, and follows Foster the People's tradition of drawing from earlier generations of music. This particular album draws from 60's psych rock. The band played three singles off the new album: "Lotus Eater", "Doing It For The Money", and "Pay the Man."
Foster the People play their second ACL set on Sunday, October 15th.
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