Foster the People is an indie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2007. According to the Pumped Up Kicks Songfacts, the band started off as a solo project for vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Mark Foster, who had been working as a jingle composer for commercials. As his songs became more grandiose, Foster enlisted Cubbie Fink (bass, vocals) and Mark Pontius (drums). The band released their debut self-titled EP in January 2011. The bandís debut full length album, Torches, was released on May 24, 2011 on Star Time/Columbia.