Up until a few months ago, Mark Foster was facing the serious possibility of going down in history as a one-hit wonder. They were a brand new band, completely overwhelmed by the reaction. We played shows in a year. We were trying to show people that we were a band and not just a song. Had that whole record wound up not connecting, we would have had a hard time carving out a career and having any kind of longevity.
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Foster founded the band in after spending several years in Los Angeles as a struggling musician and working as a commercial jingle writer. After Foster's song " Pumped Up Kicks " became a viral success in , the group received a record deal from Startime International and gained a fanbase through small club shows and appearances at music festivals. After releasing their debut album Torches in May , "Pumped Up Kicks" became a crossover hit on commercial radio in mid and eventually reached number three on the Billboard Hot
It was a catchy crossover hit that catered to multiple genre formats, and it helped usher in a new era of commercially successful indie-leaning pop music. Plus, it turned frontman Mark Foster from a L. So it may be surprising that, when reflecting on the song eight years after it reached No. This all led to some people being taken aback when they realized the dark subject matter it addressed. That juxtaposition is part of what helped the song take off and then, later, what also brought it back down to earth. On December 14, , a few weeks after the song had peaked on the Hot , the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened, and radio stations began to pull the song. Obviously the song is speaking about violent things, but it is a misconception that it's about a school shooting. Alt-pop had an unexpected moment in the sun during the early s that culminated with fun.