Foster The People at Glastonbury: ‘MGMT comparisons are flattering’

Band also say they wrote their album with the UK in mind

Foster The People have said they find comparisons made between them and MGMT to be “flattering”.

Speaking to NME after they had played a set on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, the band said that they think it’s an easy comparison to make, as there are so few bands doing what they’re doing.

Singer Mark Foster said: “It’s flattering to be compared to MGMT, they’re a great band, but I think our influences are from earlier eras. The thing is, there’s just a small amount of music that sounds like what we’re doing, so it’s an easy comparison.”

He added that the band are surprised their debut album ‘Torches’, which is released in the UK tomorrow (June 27), has gathered good reviews in the US, where it was released a month earlier. Foster said: “It feels good, it’s been out in the States for a month and it’s been well-received. It’s surprising to us. We always thought our music was more for over here anyway. A lot of our influences are from the UK, there’s a lot of that feeling in our record.”

Foster The People had earlier played their debut show at Glastonbury, which the singer described as “awesome. We hear about this in the States and you can’t wrap your head around it until you’re actually here. We’d have been happy with 10 people, but we had a full tent, so that was great. This is such a magical place.”

The band showcased most of ‘Torches’ during their eight-song set, with their recent single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ closing the gig.

Foster The People played:

‘Miss You’
‘Call It What You Want’
‘Life On The Nickel’
‘Don’t Stop (Colour On The Walls)’
‘Helena Beat’
‘Pumped Up Kicks’

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