Written by Mary Ann Bardinas
Everyone was calmly seated on their comfy chairs minutes before the concert started. However, the seats got no use when the band members came out one by one and the spectators gathered infront of the stage, not minding the numbness they would feel throughout the two-hour show.
No bouncers hindered us from doing so for there were sturdy metal barricades positioned a few inches off the stage.
As soon as the first few notes of "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" blared, everyone's excitement amped up.
Since we've been figuratively sitting next to Foster the People ever since they were formed eight years ago, here are the top 8 memorable moments that went down during their Sacred Hearts Club Tour held at the Kia Theater, Quezon City last January 26.
The welcome spiel
Of course, every show won’t be complete without the introductory greetings from the performers. Frontman Mark Foster greeted the Foster Kids (as what their fandom is tagged) after five uptempo songs with a short yet sweet note expressing their utmost gratitude to those who were able to join them that night.
The band’s adrenaline-charged showmanship
Aside from providing the main vocals, Foster also showed everybody that he also got the groove and beat. From time to time, he snazzily danced to the rhythms and even exposed his skills in conducting as he directed the allegro of their every number. There were also instances that he played the guitar and keyboards while he was singing.
It wasn’t only him who displayed unbelievable versatility during the gig. Keyboardist Isom Innis was also in-charge of the second drumset and the synthesizers. Lead guitarist Sean Cimino got his hands on the keyboards at one point as well. One of their touring members Phil Danyew, a multi-instrumentalist, wasn’t only busy with the synthesizers, but played the maracas and tambourine as well, and even lent his voice for the back-up vocals and the remarkable whistle portion of “Pumped Up Kicks”.
Although drummer Mark Pontius and guitarist Tyler Halford (another touring member) stuck to their respective instruments throughout the show, they also wowed the spectators with their spectacular talent.
Playing the all-time favorites
Fans were certainly been well-fed with their most favorite hits, because apart from the songs included in the latest album Sacred Hearts Club, the American indie-pop outfit also performed some of the songs from their previous records Torches (2011) and Supermodel (2014), such as “Helena Beat”, “Are You What You Want”, “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”, “Pseudologia Fantastica”, “Houdini”, and “Ruby” among others.
Of course, a Foster the People show will never be complete without them performing the timeless earworm-inducing hit that catapulted them to phenomenal fame -- "Pumped Up Kicks".
The audiences, of course, sang and bopped along, making Foster turn the microphones to us a few times.
The Filipino Touch
Since they’re infront of their Pinoy Foster Kids, they didn’t forget to put a Filipino touch on their concert. To everyone’s astonishment, the pre-recorded classic patriotic anthem “Bayan Ko” suddenly engulfed the whole venue.
Unbeknowst to us, it would lead to a flawless and epic crossover to their next number. That segment, which happened twice, demonstrated the impeccable flair of Innis and Pontius in hitting the drums.
The shocking phone-grabbing
Just when a group of friends were taking a video a video of themselves while singing along to “Call It What You Want”, Foster suddenly snatched the phone they were using and filmed his bandmates doing their things onstage and the crowd too! We don’t know what to exactly call it, but it was really a great fan treat.
Serenading the super fan
We are not only known worldwide for our hospitality, but for being the “best fans” because of our formidable dedication and devotion to our idols. And Foster the People seems to be a tough competitor for the “best idol” award since they really know how to value the love and effort of their loyal fans, particularly their number one Filipina fangirl Sonora Ramos.
Aside from having the once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with the whole band in person backstage, the bubbly Davaoeña also received the perfect gift from them after Mark shared her fangirling journey and dedicated their hit “Coming of Age” to her afterwards.
The audiences’ thrill (and maybe even jealousy) on that sweet and surprising gesture was highly audible.
Mark’s special connection to Philippines
Prior to having a huge fanbase and holding their first tour in the country in 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum, Philippines has already occupied a huge part in the frontman’s heart.
“You know, Philippines is extra special to me because my grandfather lived here for a couple of years. In the 40’s, he is a boxer. He is a champion boxer. And 30 years later, my father lived here for two and a half years,” he said.
Then he added, “It’s still crazy for me to be the third generation Foster to come and visit here in the Philippines.”
He also displayed the tattoos he got during their sojourn here – the boxing gloves inked he had six years ago and the “CHAMP” and “WORKING CLASS” tattoos he just had the day of the concert.
Bridging the gap
It wasn’t only Sonora who got a splendid gift from the band, but their other supporters as well. Unlike the hand-in-hand bow adieu usually done by the other acts in their gigs, the members instead approached the fans. They shook the hands of those positioned below the stage and waved and blew flying kisses to those standing in the balcony section. They also gave away guitar picks and drumsticks to the crowd.
Foster also at one point stood by the barricade to blow flying kisses to the fans and punched his right fist up in the air as a sign of gratitude for the very successful show. He was the last one to leave the stage as he willingly accommodated the fans’ plea to have his autograph on their merch or on any stuff they have (some even handed their shoes, belts, and concert tickets!)
Such a generous and humble move, Mark!
Despite the changes among their lineup through the years, the band has remained the musical heroes for their avid fans, who has found refuge to the uplifting messages and relevant stories enveloped in metaphorical lyrics and melodious beats. Besides, they also have big hearts for their followers.
Were you there at the concert? What was your favorite pumped-up moment? Comment below!