There was a massive crowd on the main stage for Foster the People, no doubt ready for singles like “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Helena Beat”, and “Houdini”. And they were there, crowd-pleasing and igniting sing-alongs as one would expect. What the band lacked though was a steady tone. Spreading out their hits throughout the set was a good move, because, having been granted a 75-minute set, the band didn’t have the back catalogue to keep the crowd interested.
Starting out a bit slow with “Miss You” from the band’s debut album Torches, Mark Foster and company tried to speed it up over the next couple songs with “Are You What You Want To Be?” and the somewhat tired “Call It What You Want”. It worked, to a degree, as the audience was just begging for a reason to be excited. The three-piece outfit then slowed things down again for some reason, crooning out “Waste”. By the time “Pumped Up Kicks” rolled around, Foster himself didn’t seem like he wanted to be there as he walked through the song that made him famous.
It was cool to hear the band banter about being back at Sasquatch (this time on the largest stage), as you always like to see a band come back to the Gorge. “I was like, this place is cool. What a beautiful place man, oh my God,” remarked Foster, remembering playing the Bigfoot stage a couple of years ago.
“Helena Beat” and “Don’t Stop” finished out the set strongly as the band seemed to finally get into it. Still though, when the screen that’s making images to go along with the music is the coolest thing about the show, you’d better be Primus 3D or something. Hopefully next time Foster and the boys come back they’ll bring some more energy. And maybe some pumped up kicks? We barely got sandals from that performance.