Formed in California in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, the indie rock band Foster the People make melodic, atmospheric, dance-oriented pop. Foster initially started the project alone, but he soon added his longtime friend Cubbie Fink on bass and drummer Mark Pontius to complete the lineup. In the following year, their single «Pumped Up Kicks» was posted on their website, which generated considerable buzz online and significant airplay on KROQ alongside packed performances at the Texas musical festival SXSW. This inevitably attracted the attention of major labels, and eventually the band signed to Startime International.
In 2016, the group debuted material from its upcoming third album in concert and released three of those songs on an EP in April 2017. In July 2017, they delivered the full-length album «Sacred Hearts Club», which found them exploring a funky, electronic, ’80s-style R&B vibe. Produced by Foster and keyboardist Isom Innis along with Josh Abraham, Lars Stalfors, and Oligee, the album featured the singles «Loyal Like Sid & Nancy» and «Sit Next to Me», the latter of which received the remix treatment in 2018 via the Grammy-winning R&B/hip-hop/dance production team the Stereotypes. 2018 also saw the release of the upbeat, one-off single «Worst Nites». Another standalone single, «Style», arrived in March of 2019.