Since their 2011 debut, Torches
, Foster the People
have been putting out alternative rock tracks with catchy hooks and danceable beats. Go revisit songs like "Houdini," "Call it What You Want," and "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" if you need a refresher on that. But, Foster the People have never really gone the full dance route. However, if the singles they've released so far from their third studio album, Sacred Hearts Club
, are any indication, that's all about to change. "Loyal Like Sid and Nancy," "Doing It For the Money," and "SHC" are all bassy dance tracks that are heavy on the synths and handclaps. And, as it turns out, that's exactly what we wanted from Foster the People. All of these releases sounded like they would (deservedly!) break into the Top 40, but without compromising Foster the People's unique (although not without its obvious influences) and often kooky sound.
The band dropped yet another new song yesterday, titled "Sit Next to Me," and it continues to paint Sacred Hearts Club
in the same colors that all of their most recent releases have. It's a bright, uplifting, and shamelessly fun dance tune that finds equal inspiration in psychedelic 60s music and the most prominent pop trends of today. If there's any take away from the new song, it's that it just sounds so in
right now. But, again, don't think that the band has changed entirely (even if they are noticeably sans one Cubbie Fink on the bass). When Mark Foster sings in that familiar nasally wail during the chorus, you'll breathe a sigh of relief that, while Foster the People is clearly going in new directions, their personality is here to stay.
Sacred Hearts Club
comes out next week, on July 21.
Also watch our exciting concert with the band live in Brooklyn: