FOSTER THE PEOPLE play the Mod Club June 18 and Sound Academy October 1. Limited NXNE wristbands/passes accepted to Mod Club show. See listing. Rating: NNN
Foster the People are often compared to MGMT, but a more accurate description is MGMT without the ambition. Rising to major label status on the strength of a three-song EP and the ubiquitous radio hit Pumped Up Kicks, the out-of-nowhere electro stars haven't sacrificed on their debut album what got them here in the first place: catchy, danceable pop hooks.
Don't let Pumped Up Kicks' singalong school-shooting chorus (yes, you read that right) fool you; most of their lyrics are as harmless and trite as anything else you'll hear on the pop charts.
It's hardly surprising that lead singer/songwriter Mark Foster reportedly started out writing jingles. His songs are structured around one big, hummable hook and not much else. The L.A. band has a knack for that, but we can't help wondering if they have anything more sophisticated in store. We'd rather have the next MGMT than the next Maroon 5.
Top track: Pumped Up Kicks