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Foster the People Talk ‘Torches’ Follow-Up

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After a successful 2011 with breakout hits ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and ‘Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls),’ Foster the People are already plotting their next big career move in the new year, which will include a new album to follow on the heels of their debut, ‘Torches.’

“We’ve gotten to write some stuff on the road so far, but haven’t really gotten to dive into it too much yet,” the band’s frontman, Mark Foster, tells MTV. “We’ve just been kind of throwing everything against the wall, idea-wise, like, ‘We should try this and we should try this,’ all these different boundaries to work within, because sometimes it can be really daunting I think, if you don’t have certain boundaries when writing a song.

“There’s definitely musical elements that we’ve talked about,” he continues. “You know, really leaning on the percussive nature of what our live show has turned into this year, and bringing that more out into the second record — just kind of experimenting, doing some different, weird studio tricks; just having fun with it. But you never really know until you get under the hood, so we’ll see what happens when we start.”

And if 2011 is any indication of where the band will go in the coming year, the sky’s the limit!

“It’s funny,” Foster says of the band’s growth over the past 12 months. “In January we started a residency at the Echo, which is this club in L.A., and we played every week for about a month, and that kind of kicked it off. The first week, it was half full … it only holds 300 people, I think there was like 125 people there! And then, cut to four months later, doing Coachella in front of 15,000 people, and then cut to three months after that, playing Lollapalooza in front of 50,000 people. It’s just been wild man, seeing the world and seeing the progression of things. … It’s crazy to think about. I feel like we have 10 years of memories packed into this one year.”

Come May 2012, Foster the People will hit the road for their highly-anticipated U.S. tour with a series of dates in early 2012 through Japan, Australia and Europe. Click here to see a complete list of dates where the tour will be stopping.

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