June 15, 2012 | Kris Lori Fuentes Cortes
On June 15th, 2012 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts the bands of Kimbra, Tokyo Police Club, and Foster the People rocked the showground. The sold out concert was packed with fans from all ages that swarmed the merchandise tent, waited eagerly at their seats, and cried out for each band. After being welcomed and escorted warmly by LiveNation personnel, we (photographers) were directed to the front of the stage to photograph the first musician of the evening and given the regulations of photographing as well.
Kimbra is an artist from New Zealand who has a mixture of everything in her music from soul, pop, alternative, with a jazz twist to top it off. This woman is best known for being featured on the 2011 single from Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” and she has come a long way from there. She walked on to the stage with a coat that is just as colorful as her music. Kimbra performed her music from her recently released album Vows, which included some of her singles like “Settle Down”, “Cameo Lover”, and a jazzier version of “Good Intent”. Her delicate voice rang through the arena as screams of fans shouting her name fed her energy on stage. I was hoping to see a more elaborate display when she was on stage like her music videos are; but hey, she is just opening for now. However, I was thrilled to find out that she will be having her own headlining tour this coming fall so I expect that to be fantastic and for her to bring her music more to life on her own tour.
The next band that evening was Tokyo Police Club, an indie rock band from Canada that I didn’t even know were playing that night until I saw the lineup. I eagerly wanted to photograph them but I really wanted to see how they were live since I have heard good things about them before. More people took their seats clapping and cheering on the band as they took the stage and started to perform. After photographing I watched from a far of how the band was carrying out their set. For a band that doesn’t move too much around the stage they definitely had an effect on fans, which were moving in their seats or standing up and dancing. I listened to people’s comments (all positive) and especially heard a man who stated “I don’t know who they are but I like them already!” I looked to the man and told him who they were and he continued to jam on with his friends (later saw the same guy in a TPC T-shirt). They are an easy band to get into because they music is just the type that you can just flow with and rock out to. They performed a pretty good forty-five minute set and they must have made some new fans since towards the end of their stage time fans were settling in for the final act and they seemed intrigued by them.
Then it was finally time for the most anticipated act of the night as I took my place in the front of the stage I looked behind me at the hundreds of fans who anxiously awaited the moment when the lights will go out to signal the band’s time to take the spotlight. That moment came as one by one each member Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius (along with other musicians to help support the band) walked on stage and took their spot, the music began as the final member walked on stage in a white blazer; Mark Foster. Foster the People formed in 2009 in Los Angeles, California and after their 2011 hit “Pumped Up Kicks” the band skyrocketed to the top. That night the band began with “Miss You” from their debut album ‘Torches’. In the midst of that song the background curtain dropped to reveal an extraordinary set.
There in front of my eyes was a huge sun with an electronic face that would change depending on the mood and song. Bright lights that lit the arena so you can clearly see that no doubt this was a sold out show. Blow up characters who are the “people” on the ‘Torches’ album cover were up high on the display they had. There was even a backdrop which was an artistic portrait that had the band’s name in it. Mark Foster continuously moved around the stage from one end to the other to really show the fans that they were all included in the show. Mark Pontius and Cubbie Fink played with such passion and enthusiasm the entire set as well which fueled the crowd’s liveliness. After photographing them I took my seat and saw firsthand how the fans were reacting, and there was a lot of dancing, cheering, and jumping going on in the crowd. There were even fans who were trying to sneak pass security and get to the front of the stage.
More surprises came about in their set when the electronic sun would open up and a man dressed up with a head as a torch would blow bubbles and throw paper planes at the crowd. During their latest single “Houdini” the band shocked everyone by bringing out a marching band that was not only in the front but from the back too. The audience was given a bonus when the band brought Kimbra back on stage to join them in playing “Warrior”, a song that A-Trak, Mark Foster, and Kimbra wrote for Converse this past April!
Foster the People did hit a snag when they began their most popular single “Pumped Up Kicks” when suddenly the audio equipment went haywire and a blaring screeching sound made practically everyone cringe. The band stopped immediately and while they tried to figure out what was going on Mark Foster played it off as a joke. He also stated “I don’t want to be the cause of a five year old going deaf tonight” and the crowd laughed along with him. The glitch didn’t stop them though as they came back and played the song with a bit of a remix at the end. They also included confetti and enormous blow up characters that were on each end of the stage. I don’t think I’ve ever since a band put on such a wonderful display while also playing a great live show without one taking away from the other. Which I believe is how a show should be; to play the music but also entertain the audience at the same time. Whether it was the music, the display, or even Mark Foster’s dance moves (which I must say he can dance quite well). I urge everyone, if you can, to go check out Foster the People live!