Car chases and ‘Precious’ star Gabourey Sidibe could be on tap for upcoming clip.
By Gil Kaufman
Foster the People shot out of the box a few months ago with their summer smash “Pumped Up Kicks.” The video for the song is lo-fi to be sure: some live footage of the New Wave-y trio performing mixed in with some wacky road-trip clips, camera-mugging and other goofball antics.
It was a modest launch but the irresistible song has continued to gain traction since it came out in February and it is now firmly in the #2 slot on the iTunes singles chart. With a little more scratch and recognition to their name, they recently followed with the big-budget-looking, apocalyptic “Mad Max”-inspired video for “Helena Beat.” And now, according to lead singer Mark Foster, they’re going really big for their next trick.
“We’ve got a couple videos shot already that are going to be coming out soon,” Foster told us on the black carpet at the 2011 VMAs.
“We’re shooting a new one in 3-D, actually in a week or two for ‘Don’t Stop.’ It’s going to involve a car chase and hopefully ['Precious'] star Gabourey Sidibe, if we can get her to be in it.”
In the meantime, after killing it at big summer festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza — not to mention earning two VMA nods for Best New Artist and Best Rock Video — the trio will be hitting the road hard for the rest of 2011. They’ll be playing U.S. dates through the end of the month, and then take things overseas for European gigs through November.
(A spokesperson for the band’s label could not be reached for comment at press time on when the “Don’t Stop” video is slated for release.)
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