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Foster the People and The Decemberists chat about Outside Lands 2011

Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Mark Foster of the band Foster the People and Nate Query of the Decemberists.  It was great chatting with these guys and hearing what they’re looking forward to this weekend!

Foster the People

I first heard about Foster the People right here at Free People! Several coworkers of mine have mentioned them as a current favorite and when I  checked them out, I realized they were the ones behind the catchy tune that had been stuck in my head for about a week straight (Pumped Up Kicks). I definitely want to check out these up-and-coming guys from LA – here’s what Mark Foster had to say about their success and playing at Outside Lands!

Q: This has been an amazing year for you. Is there a certain moment that stands out as a highlight or wow moment for you guys when you realized that you’re actually making it?

A: Yes. That just happened a couple days ago actually. I don’t want to say that’s the first time I felt like a rock star… I picture myself as an anti-rock star but, we played Splendor in the Grass, a big festival in Australia. There were 15,000 plus people singing every word to our songs, and loud. It was the loudest crowd I’ve ever heard sing back to us. So, it was an emotional moment. It was wild.

Q: You guys did a residency at Echo in LA at the beginning of the year and then a couple months later Coachella, now Outside Lands…what’s that like to go from doing a residency at a place where the capacity is a couple hundred to being out in front of a huge festival?

A: Coachella was one of the most shocking experiences I’ve ever been through because it was at the very end of our first U.S. tour and we’re playing to 300 to 400 capacity rooms. And then we walked out on stage and there was, I don’t know, 14,000 people or something.  So the learning curve was huge. I get really quiet before shows like that. I remove myself from everybody.

Q: Who are you looking forward to seeing at the festival this weekend?

A: Well, there’s so many good bands playing.  I haven’t seen Ellie Goulding. I’d like to see her. We’re on tour right now, I don’t think we’re there the whole weekend. But, looking at the lineup, I really want to see Deadmaus…on Sunday, If we were around, I’d be there. And Little Dragon, I don’t know if you’ve seen them but we’ve played with them a couple times and they’re brilliant, they’re one of my favorites.

The Decemberists

The Decemberists are one of those bands who have been around for several years that I often come back to. They were one of the first bands to bring folksy pop back to the forefront and they continuously put out great music. Here’s what bassist Nate Query had to say about Outside Lands this weekend!

Q: So your band has played a lot of festivals, but you’ve never played Outside Lands – what are you most looking forward to about this particular festival?

A: I am most looking forward to the fact that it’s San Francisco  – and the food. I lived in San Francisco for about five years until kind of recently and I’m really excited to be down there. We’ve been to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park and it’s just amazing. It’s an amazing place for a festival. Such a good vibe. And then the fact that it’s foody nerd heaven… I’m excited.

Q: What are some of your favorite spots in San Francisco and if you had time off, what would be the first place you would go?

A: Well I already know the first place I’m going to go… I get there on Saturday morning so I’m going to go down to the farmer’s market and buy a bunch of dried chili’s from the chili lady there. She has a farm I think out near Davis or something and grows all these crazy varieties of Mexican chili’s and dries them herself, and they’re totally insane. Sometimes she has heirloom bean varieties and stuff like that. But I love the farmers market so I’m excited to be there on a Saturday and then I think Saturday afternoon I’m going to go to Bi-Rite Creamery and then hang out at Dolores Park. That’s my other most favorite thing to do in San Francisco.

In addition to Foster the People and the Decemberists, here are some of the other bands I want to see this weekend (in addition to headliners Phish, Arcade Fire and Muse that is)!

Ellie Goulding


Ellie Goulding has been popping up all over the place lately and I definitely want to check her out! The multi-talented Brit, who plays guitar, piano and drums in addition to singing, is said to put on a powerful, energetic performance and I can’t wait to see!



MGMT…every time I hear one of their songs it reminds me of the time when I lived in San Francisco! Summertime in particular, hanging with friends in the park and listening to Oracular Spectacular. So of course I have to see them play in Golden Gate Park! I’m hoping I run into them off-stage so I can snap a pic of their outfits, they always look so cool!



In case you didn’t know – I love Vetiver. Can’t wait to see this San Francisco band play in their hometown!

Arctic Monkeys


I have never seen the Arctic Monkeys live before so I am jumping all over the chance to see them next weekend! They just released a new album and I’m hoping for a mix of new and old material. They’re also playing a Night Show at The Independent – one of my favorite venues in San Fran.



Phantogram is an electronic rock male/female duo and there’s something really intriguing about their combination of heavy electronic beats, spacey guitar and sweet vocals.

Lord Huron


I listen to a lot of music and am always on the hunt for new stuff, but its only every so often that I find something that makes me say WOW. Lord Huron is one of them. Check out the playlist below that has a couple of his tracks on it, I think you’ll agree he’s one to watch!

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Taylor -August 9, 2011, 11:20AM

I especially love Foster the People’s song Helena Beat and the Decemberists song Down By the Water :)

Zahara -August 9, 2011, 12:27PM

Thank you so much for all the great music you all share here! Really dig Foster the People! And speaking of music, where can I get the Tony Castles song on the Venice video for this months catalog? Thanks again….

Taylor Rae- Daily Dose of Sunlight -August 9, 2011, 1:38PM

I can not wait to see Foster The People at Outside Lands this weekend. Ahhhh hurry up Friday!

Taylor -August 9, 2011, 2:22PM

I am SO DEPRESSED about not being able to go to Outside Lands! =[
Foster the People is my absolute favorite, and the lineup is amazing. <3

jordan -August 9, 2011, 2:26PM

I have recently become obseesed with foster the people and have always loved the decembrists!! Wish I could go to the concert!! have fun!!

BohoQueen -August 9, 2011, 4:29PM

My list of music is getting ever so long! Ahhh! I love The Decemberists, Lord Huron, and Arctic Monkeys! These songs are great to listen to as the summer starts to wrap up. It would have been awesome to see these bands at the festival! xoxo

Jessie -August 9, 2011, 5:29PM

I saw both Foster the People and the Decemberists at the Sasquatch Music Festival this past May. Both of them were one of my top favourite shows. They have such an amazing performance quality! One day i will see both of them again…hopefully!

chelsea -August 10, 2011, 1:07PM

ahhhh love Foster the People. Mark is such a nice guy too, met him a few months ago at a show, then had a drink with him again in the Lolla media tent. They certainly have gotten popular really fast, its so wonderful to see a indie band take off so quickly! Great post FP! :)

Anonymous -August 25, 2011, 3:21PM

Zahara – The Tony Castles tune isn’t out yet…will be on their album released later this year. I have a copy of the song unmastered so it’s not even finished yet!!!

charlotte -September 8, 2011, 2:59PM

love Foster the People! check out the music video they made for Helena Beat

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