After a long six-year wait after their debut at Fort Canning Park, Foster The People (FTP) returned to our shores at [email protected] for their last stop on the Sacred Hearts Club tour. Fronted by larger-than-life Mark Foster, the six-piece gave the local audience a show that was filled with technicolour light effects, suave dance moves, smooth vocals and so much more.
Opening the show with the upbeat yet deeply sophisticated track ‘Pay The Man’, the tone of the night was set, paving the way for a kaleidoscopic stage set-up and psychedelic visuals that somehow still paled in comparison to Mark Foster’s dance moves. Cladded in a black short-sleeved botanical button-down – which he ditched for a white tank top halfway through the show – the 33-year-old frontman commanded the stage with ease, prancing around from left to right with his charismatic persona and contagious energy that one couldn’t help but get excited by.
The set then moved on to a steady stream of fan-favourites like ‘Helena Beat’, ‘Doing It For The Money’, ‘Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls’, ‘Sit Next To Me’ and ‘Call It What You Want’, all drawing generous applause and sing-a-longs from the crowd. But what stole the show was perhaps the moment when the band genre-hopped into a rousing cover of the Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Pop’, proving that not only are they more than just their breakthrough hit ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ – but that they aren’t a band that could – or would – be pinned down by a single genre, no matter what the critics might say.
For FTP, their love for making music and doing what they do has always been less about the ability to put on a showy performance, but more about having a platform to shine a light on important issues going on around the world. Addressing the crowd right before the encore, the frontman launched into an impassioned speech on the importance of “building bridges, not walls”, and that how “no matter how you look like, no matter what religion you believe in, love should always be our mantra”.
Rounding up the set with an acknowledgment of the endless time and energy the crew put into each show, the boys then stayed behind to dole out fan service to the remaining fans. And judging by the crowd scurrying around the barrier in hopes of scoring a selfie with the members and to catch drumsticks and guitar picks that were randomly being thrown about, it’s safe to say that FTP still boasts a cult-like following here on our little red dot. We just hope it won’t be another six-year wait before we get to see the charismatic outfit back on stage again!
Image credits: Aloysius Lim and Alvin Ho, LAMC Productions
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