Get your Summer whistle on, for Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ is that kinda of hazy Summer tune to get you in the mood for the season (even if it’s a while off yet). The song was doing the rounds on blogs last year but I’d never heard it until this week. The renewed interest comes from the LA band’s latest EP and a forthcoming album Torches out in May. The band play SXSW as well.
‘Pumped Up Kicks’ has a funky bassline that calls you to seek out sunshine and a chorus that locks those rays in for four minutes. Let us forget that the chorus also includes the lyrics “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / You better run, better run, outrun my gun” and the song seems to be about a kid seeking teenage revenge with a gun he found in his father’s room. Yeh, might be best to forget that…
Download: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
There’s also a MNDR remix and a video.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.