The Bowery Presents
Foster the People

Foster the People

Tokyo Police Club, Kimbra

Mon, June 11, 2012

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

SummerStage, Central Park

New York, NY

$40.75 advance / $45 day of show

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This event is all ages

Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the Mercury Lounge or Music Hall of Williamsburg box offices

Proceeds from this concert help make possible the free programs of SummerStage

Rain or Shine Event, General Admission, Standing Room Only

Foster the People
Foster the People
Foster the People came together in late 2009 when Mark Foster met bandmates Cubbie Fink and Mark Ponitus through mutual friends in the Los Angeles music scene. Foster, hailing from Cleveland, had been writing and recording music since his youth but it wasn’t until the three members came together that Foster’s music for the band's upcoming debut release, Torches, was ready for friends to hear.

In early 2010, Foster the People posted their first song “Pumped Up Kicks” on the Internet. Days later it was used to score a friend’s fashion video, days after that it showed up on Hype Machine and a year later it had seemed to make its way into the ears of millions of listeners around the world.

Foster the People released their first EP this January to give fans a taste of what they’ll hear on Torches!
Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club
In January 2017, Tokyo Police Club embarked on a triumphant tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their acclaimed debut EP, A Lesson In Crime. It was the cherry on top of a decade that saw the Toronto quartet drive three vans into the ground while touring with the likes of Weezer and Foster The People, gracing the stage of virtually every major festival in North America and Europe, and playing countless, ecstatically received sets, in venues of every size and description. They were also on an episode of 'Desperate Housewives' one timeit's a long story.

The tour ended with a sweat-soaked and joyous encore, with the band joined onstage by support act Charly Bliss, who actually met at a Tokyo Police Club concert years before. "If you were making a movie about us for some reason, you couldn't come up with a better climactic scene," says keyboardist Graham Wright. "It felt like the perfect ending."

Except that instead of fading satisfyingly to black, the band got in a van and drove home, their next steps suddenly uncertain.

"We always felt like we were on some specific mission, working towards one specific goal", says frontman David Monks. "Then I got home and looked around and realized that for the first time I wasn't sure what the goal was supposed to be. And I didn't know if that was terrifying or actually kind of exhilarating."

"At various times I think all of us were just about ready to pack it in", adds Wright. "It really felt like maybe that was it. It was a nice round number, ten years, so the idea of making some kind of graceful exit was really attractive. And for me at least, making peace with the idea of this being The End turned out to be incredibly freeing."

Without a specific plan, the band convened at a converted church in rural Ontario, far from the busy cities where they'd written and recorded all of their previous work. Isolated from everything beside their instruments, they spent their days cooking together and playing cards in between jamming on the expansive new songs that Monks was turning out a fevered pace - among others. "One time we learned a bunch of Strokes songs. Another time we just played every song we could remember from our high school band," says drummer Greg Alsop. "More than anything else, it was fun."

The freewheeling sessions lasted the length of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018 the band decamped to Los Angeles to record with Rob Schnapf, who produced the band's acclaimed 2010 LP, Champ. The resulting album will be released later this year, and the band are united in their eager anticipation. "It's fucking corny to talk about fresh beginnings or whatever", says Monks. "So I'll just say that it finally feels like we're not trying to follow somebody else's map or reach for a specific brass ring. And it's an amazing feeling."

Guitarist Josh Hook sums it up best when he says, "you do anything for long enough and it starts to feel hard to get excited. But I think we're more excited now than we've ever been."
Kimbra
Kimbra
Kimbra, NZ born songstress, is not a name synonymous with your average female singer, songwriter. Bringing a modern edge to the worn sounds of soul with a voice that belies her age, her jazz-influenced theatrical pop is inspired by a range of musical genres and artists, from Nina Simone to Bjork and Prince.

After 3 years now based in Melbourne, Kimbra has completed her debut full length album, ‘Vows’, set to be released in August. Featuring on the album are producers Francois Tetaz (Architecture in Helsinki, Gotye) and M-Phazes (Amerie, Pharoahe Monch). Her popular debut single and video for ‘Settle Down’ received rave reviews from around the world claiming her as the 'one to watch for 2011'. Kimbra also featured on Miami Horror’s track ‘I Look To You’ and has recently released second single off the soon-to-be-released album called, ‘Cameo Lover’.

Kimbra’s whimsical soul pop invokes both past and modern soul luminaries, but matched with her own intrigue and quirk, a breath mint for the pop scene, and a knack for theatrics to show that being a bit “out there” is the name of her game. Make no mistake - Kimbra is picking up steam even as she arrives. It's going to be a wonderful trip.
Venue Information:
SummerStage, Central Park
5th Ave at 69th Street
New York, NY, 10065
http://www.summerstage.org