Our favorite indie pop band, Foster The People, is back! It’s been three years since their last album, Supermodel, came out, and six years since we first heard their debut, Torches. After bassist Cubbie Fink left in 2015, the band spent a couple of years working on their next record. This month they’ve slowly built up hype for their forthcoming album, and today we get our first taste of the new music with III. The new mini EP includes three songs – “Pay The Man,” “Doing It For The Money,” and “S.H.C.” – from their upcoming third album. The still-untitled album is due out this summer.
Of the new songs, the band wrote:
One of my favorite things about music is that it’s unifying. We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.
“Pay The Man” starts the EP. The song is atmospheric and weird, blips and samples flickering through the verses’ backgrounds over a thumping beat. The chorus is perfect slick pop, ending with Mark Foster’s declaration of love. Key lyric: “The deaf man heard what the mute man said, then they all followed where the blind man led.”
The middle track is “Doing It For The Money,” a promise that they’re not just in it for cash. It continues the financial themes and layered sound of the first song. Key lyric: “It’s time to leave the future in the past.”
The final song, “S.H.C.” (which stands for “Sacred Hearts Club”), is also the longest. It has chiming a guitar riff and a driving pulse. Of all the songs on III, “S.H.C.” sounds the most like their debut record, Torches. It’s also the most infectious. Key lyric: “I want to live my life again.”
The songs on III are just the first preview of Foster The People’s new music. Their third studio album will come out this summer, but for now, you can stream III on Spotify or download the three songs on iTunes. You’ll also want to check out their North American and European tour dates set for this summer. Get your tickets before it’s too late!
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