Foster the People: ‘The Clash and The Kinks will influence our next album’

Mark Foster says their second LP will also have 'more grit' than 2011's 'Torches'

Mark Foster of Foster The People has said that the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut album ‘Torches’ will be “heavily” influenced by British bands The Clash and The Kinks.

Foster revealed in an interview with Billboard, that he’s been writing songs on the road and that the Los Angeles band’s next album will have “more grit” than their debut.

He said of the record:

I think it’s going to take a lot of left turns. It’s going to be really celebratory – a lot like our first record is, but in a different way. I think there’s going to be more grit, and I think it’s gonna be extremely percussive. I’ve been listening to a lot of the Clash lately, and a lot of ’60s, the Kinks. I think those bands are going to influence the next record heavily.

The band’s frontman explained that he’s been using a portable studio, but will do the majority of the songwriting for their second album after they finish up with their current world tour at the end of summer.

Foster says that he will take inspiration from visiting countries such as Morocco, India, Turkey and Tunisia, commenting: “I’m just going to stay on that side of the world and travel around in some weird cultures… and just vibe out. I think it’s gonna open up a whole different perspective on the way I look at the world. And to be around different instruments and in a completely uncomfortable environment… I think uncomfortability sometimes produces the best art, so I’m really excited.”

Earlier this year Mark Foster told NME that his band plan to record a new album later this year. He said that a new record will likely be released in 2013, but that the band are hoping to release a brand new single by the end of 2012.