Frontman Mark Foster has told Billboard in a recent interview that Foster the People’s second LP will be heavily influenced by 60s/70s seminal bands The Kinks and The Clash. When asked about the direction and sound of the follow-up to debut album Torches, Foster said the new record would be unpredictable and affected by the bands that he has recently been listening to.
“I think it’s going to take a lot of left turns”, Foster said.
“It’s going to be really celebratory — a lot like our first record (2011’s ‘Torches’) is, but in a different way. I think there’s going to be more grit, and I think it’s gonna be extremely percussive. I’ve been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of ’60’s the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily”, he said.
Although Foster says the majority of the record will be written once the band has wrapped up their current world tour, the use of a portable studio has allowed Foster to tinker on the road and implement different cultural aspects that the songwriter has encountered during his travels.
“We’ve never really gotten to travel and song-write at the same time”, Foster said.
“I’m just going to stay on that side of the world and travel around in some weird cultures…and just vibe out. I think it’s gonna open up a whole different perspective on the way I look at the world. And to be around different instruments and in a completely uncomfortable environment…I think uncomfortability sometimes produces the best art, so I’m really excited”, he said.
As per an NME article, the new record by Foster the People is expected out in 2013, though a new single may be released by the end of the year.
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