Talkin’ Tunes: Landon Miller on Foster the People

Every student at Jackson Prep is unique.  Every student has an interest or a hobby. Some people devote themself to one singer or band and want to share their love of their music with other people. Talking Tunes is an opportunity for students to voice their passion for their favorite music. This month, Talking Tunes highlights Landon Miller and one of his favorite bands, Foster the People. 

Foster the People is an indie-pop band that consists of lead singer Mark Foster, guitarist Sean Cimino, drummer Mark Pontius, and keyboardist Isom Innis. Founded in Los Angeles in 2009, the band is most well-known for their 2011 hit “Pumped up Kicks” from their first album Torches. The controversial song covers a difficult subject of school shootings. When speaking about “Pumped up Kicks,” Mark Foster stated the band “wrote the song to bring awareness to the issue.”  Recently, the band considered retiring the song from their future concert sets. Since their first album, they released Supermodel in 2014 and Sacred Hearts Club in 2017. 

Landon first heard of Foster the People through their song “Pumped up Kicks,” but this was not when he became a fan of their other music. He became a fan of the band when he heard their second album, Supermodel. He likes the band’s writing and how their music is replayable. Landon’s favorite songs by them include: “SHC,” “Goats in Trees,” “Life on the Nickel,” and “Pay the Man.” Landon described the band’s sound as “Pretty, bright, and colorful. Even their slower songs carry the same kind of emotions just toned down.” Landon recommends the bands Grouplove and Saint Motel to fans of Foster the People.