FOSTER THE PEOPLE Release Dark & Surreal Video For “Style”

Foster the People Style Art

Foster the People are one of my favorite bands (see the header photo on my Twitter page), so I’m always thrilled when they release new music and videos. For those not familiar with the band, the members include front man and lead vocalist Mark Foster, drummer Mark Pontius, and multi-instrumentalists Isom Innis and Sean Cimino.

Foster the People

Their latest single “Style“, which dropped on March 22nd, is a departure both musically and stylistically (no pun intended) from their last few singles “Worst Nights”, “Ride or Die” and “Sit Next to Me”, all of which had a more laid-back and upbeat pop sensibility. “Style” is darker in tone, with gnarly synths, buzz-saw riffs and deep, pulsating bass that give the track a gritty, heavier vibe. As the track unfolds and Foster’s fervent vocals enter, a catchy, toe-tapping beat kicks in, along with additional spacey and melodic synths that provide a nice counterpoint to the driving bass line. I’ve had this song on repeat all morning, and can’t get enough of it!

Lyrically, “Style” sees the band taking a stand on issues facing society today, and is a clarion call for people to speak their truths with courage, and rise up against the tyranny imposed by those seeking to keep us enslaved through fear, thought control or craven appeals to greed. About the song, Foster recently explained on Twitter: “I’ve been wrestling with certain themes since we put out “Torches”. I guess it’s my way of processing the law of chaos and random happenings in our universe. There is hope for the underdog. I like to fight from the ropes. I never like to feel like I’m on top of the hill…this song is another facet of that same story. When we face the question of our own mortality, we are free to live our lives without fear.”

The surreal, richly chromatic video for “Style”, which was written and directed by Foster and produced by Sam Canter & Julia Rudyak, opens with Foster sitting with the other band members in a red-lit room, then getting up and walking over to balcony, whereupon he addresses a rapt crowd in a dark warehouse/club (reminding me a bit of Evita speaking to her public from a balcony). Foster sings to the crowd: “We’re born to die so I’m gonna fight for how I wanna live. Spark up the riots, I guess I’m a criminal and futurist. Well the charges I’ve caught won’t stand your trial. You can take it out on me.”

Foster the People Style pic

We’re next transported to the floor of the warehouse, where Foster and the band confront a large, glowing orb surrounded by ornately-dressed people who seem to be worshiping it like a scene out of Game of Thrones. Walking through a line of people with the band members behind him, Foster proclaims: “We’re in the lions den, consumption is our medicine, And so I’m high again, you can say I’m a true American, Well the sweetest revenge is being set free. But you can’t take it from me, yeah.”

Foster the People Paperheads

Meanwhile, a group of men in business suits with stacks of paper for heads are seen walking toward the warehouse, then ram their way into the building. Once the Paperheads are inside, the band pours gasoline onto the orb and sets it afire, whereupon the worshipers flee the building while Foster sings “Take me out, take me out in style. If you’re gonna fight me Fight me in style. If you’re gonna hate me Hate me in style. If you’re gonna love me Do it in style. Yeah, just do it in style.” The Paperheads then take bits of ash from the burnt up orb, place it into an ornate silk-lined box, and take it to a dark, red-lit room where there’s a thin and bald man in leather pants chained to the wall next to a chubby Paperhead sitting in a chair, smoking a large joint. They place a spoonful of ash into a chalice and feed it to both men, at which point the video abruptly ends. Could the ash represent truth or something that will enable free thought? Watch the fantastic video and decide for yourself:

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Top 30 Songs for March 3-9, 2019

1. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (2)
2. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (1)
3. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (5)
4. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (4)
5. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (3)
6. PRESSURE – Muse (7)
7. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (8)
8. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (9)
9. CHANGE – The Revivalists (10)
10. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (13)
11. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (6)
12. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (14)
13. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (15)
14. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (16)
15. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (20)
16. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (19)
17. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (11)
18. FAST TALK – Houses (12)
19. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (27)
20. MOVEMENT – Hozier (21)
21. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (23)
22. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (24)
23. EXITS – Foals (25)
24. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (22)
25. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (29)
26. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (28)
27. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (17)
28. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (18)
29. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (30)
30. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 24 – March 2, 2019

 

1. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (1)
2. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (3)
3. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (2)
4. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (5)
5. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (8)
6. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (7)
7. PRESSURE – Muse (9)
8. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (11)
9. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (12)
10. CHANGE – The Revivalists (13)
11. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (4)
12. FAST TALK – Houses (6)
13. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (17)
14. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (16)
15. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (21)
16. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (18)
17. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (14)
18. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (15)
19. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (20)
20. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (26)
21. MOVEMENT – Hozier (22)
22. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (23)
23. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (24)
24. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (25)
25. EXITS – Foals (27)
26. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (10)
27. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (29)
28. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (30)
29. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (N)
30. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 17-23, 2019

1. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (2)
2. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (1)
3. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (5)
4. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
5. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (7)
6. FAST TALK – Houses (6)
7. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (8)
8. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (11)
9. PRESSURE – Muse (10)
10. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (4)
11. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (12)
12. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (13)
13. CHANGE – The Revivalists (17)
14. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (15)
15. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (16)
16. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (18)
17. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (19)
18. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (20)
19. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (9)
20. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (22)
21. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (28)
22. MOVEMENT – Hozier (24)
23. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (25)
24. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (26)
25. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (27)
26. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (29)
27. EXITS – Foals (30)
28. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (14) 20th week on chart
29. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (N)
30. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (N)

TOP 30 Songs for February 10-16, 2019

1. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (1)
2. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (3)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (2)
4. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (5)
5. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (6)
6. FAST TALK – Houses (8)
7. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (8)
8. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (9)
9. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (4)
10. PRESSURE – Muse (11)
11. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (12)
12. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (13)
13. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (14)
14. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (7)
15. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (16)
16. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (17)
17. CHANGE – The Revivalists (18)
18. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (19)
19. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (20)
20. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (22)
21. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (15)
22. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (24)
23. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (23)
24. MOVEMENT – Hozier (27)
25. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (28)
26. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (29)
27. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (30)
28. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (N)
29. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (N)
30. EXITS – Foals (N)

Top 30 Songs for February 3-9, 2019

1. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (3)
2. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (1)
3. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (5)
4. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (2)
5. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (6)
6. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (7)
7. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (4)
8. FAST TALK – Houses (8)
9. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (10)
10. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (11)
11. PRESSURE – Muse (12)
12. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (13)
13. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (15)
14. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (16)
15. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (9)
16. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (20)
17. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (21)
18. CHANGE – The Revivalists (22)
19. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (23)
20. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (24)
21. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (14)
22. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (28)
23. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (18)
24. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (29)
25. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (17)
26. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (19)
27. MOVEMENT – Hozier (N)
28. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (N)
29. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (N)
30. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 27-February 2, 2019

1. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (2)
2. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (1)
3. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (4)
4. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (3)
5. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (5)
6. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (6)
7. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (9)
8. FAST TALK – Houses (10)
9. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (7)
10. SUNFLOWER (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)- Post Malone & Swae Lee (19)
11. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (13)
12. PRESSURE – Muse (14)
13. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (15)
14. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (12)
15. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (17)
16. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (18)
17. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (8)
18. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (11)
19. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (16)
20. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (22)
21. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (24)
22. CHANGE – The Revivalists (25)
23. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (27)
24. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (30)
25. “99” – Barns Courtney (19)
26. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (21) 21st week on chart
27. UH HUH – Jade Bird (23)
28. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (N)
29. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (N)
30. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (26)

Top 30 Songs for January 20-26, 2019

1. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (1)
2. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
3. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (2)
4. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (7)
5. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (8)
6. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (9)
7. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
8. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (6)
9. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (10)
10. FAST TALK – Houses (11)
11. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (4)
12. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (12)
13. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (17)
14. PRESSURE – Muse (18)
15. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (19)
16. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (16)
17. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (20)
18. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (21)
19. SUNFLOWER (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) – Post Malone & Swae Lee (N)
20. “99” – Barns Courtney (13)
21. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (14) 20th week on chart
22. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (25)
23. UH HUH – Jade Bird (15)
24. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (26)
25. CHANGE – The Revivalists (27)
26. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (22)
27. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (30)
28. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (23)
29. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (24) 18th week on chart
30. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 13-19, 2019

 

1. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (2)
2. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (1)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
4. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (4)
5. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
6. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (6)
7. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (8)
8. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (9)
9. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (11)
10. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (16)
11. FAST TALK – Houses (17)
12. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (15)
13. “99” – Barns Courtney (14)
14. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (7) 19th week on chart
15. UH HUH – Jade Bird (10)
16. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (19)
17. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (20)
18. PRESSURE – Muse (23)
19. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (24)
20. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (25)
21. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (26)
22. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (18)
23. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (12)
24. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (13)
25. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (28)
26. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (29)
27. CHANGE – The Revivalists (30)
28. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (21)
29. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (22) 18th week on chart
30. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 6-12, 2019

1. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (1) 3rd week #1
2. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (2)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
4. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (6)
5. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
6. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (7)
7. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (4) 18th week on chart
8. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (13)
9. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14)
10. UH HUH – Jade Bird (8)
11. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (16)
12. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (9)
13. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (10)
14. “99” – Barns Courtney (15)
15. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (18)
16. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (19)
17. FAST TALK – Houses (20)
18. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (17)
19. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (21)
20. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (22)
21. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (11)
22. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (12) 17th week on chart
23. PRESSURE – Muse (24)
24. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (25)
25. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (26)
26. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (27)
27. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (23)
28. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (28)
29. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (N)
30. CHANGE – The Revivalists (N)