What Went Down: Foster The People Live in Malaysia @ KLCC

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The first Friday the 13th of 2012 (there’s another in April, and another in July) was truly frightening. The night was complete with ear-shattering screams, frenzied stampeding and the most horrifying thing of them all… a zombie convention!

Well, alright. So there were no zombies on Friday the 13th, but there were hipsters. Lots and lots of hipsters, and they gathered in droves to worship at the feet of indie royalty, Foster The People, who took to the stage fearlessly and did not fail to impress. Now, we know that some of you readers really hate the word ‘hipster’, but honestly, there is no other way to describe the people who turned up for the concert. Checkered shirts, denim cut-offs, slashed t-shirts and obnoxious teenagers (who think they’re hipsters) invaded the halls of KLCC.

To those of you who are reading this, you’re probably the exception. Unless, of course, you were one of those checkered shirt poseurs.

Despite the failings of the crowd – who were extremely pushy, violent, and broke down a barrier – Foster The People still managed put on a stellar show. Kicking the night off with ‘Houdini’, they played nearly every song in their debut album Torches, along with ‘Ruby’, an unreleased song that’s due to be featured in their upcoming album. They also did a cover of Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’. If you’ve got it into your head that they’re one of those “sounds good on the record but sucks live” type of performers, you better eat some humble pie because these boys blew the crowd away with their infectious beats and crystal clear notes.

The crowd got really rowdy at several points in the show, and in the middle of their set, Mark Foster took a couple of minutes to ask everyone to stop pushing. “It’s all fun and games until somebody dies…” a bit morbid for a rockstar but then again, these were rabid teenage hipsters he was dealing with. And no shotgun in sight.

The lead singer had amazing stage presence, jumping and dancing all over the stage and constantly switching between his guitar, drums and keyboard. The entire performance was an excellent showcase of the band’s talents, and the great relationship they have with each other, as well as with their fans.

We think that there should be a class added to schools though – concert etiquette classes. The syllabus should include “How Not To Be A Little Prick”, “How Not To Complain When Someone Pushes You – It’s A Concert, You Idiot”, “What Not To Do In A Concert” and “Why You Should Say Sorry When You Accidentally Slam Into Someone”. Clearly, plenty of people need to enroll in those classes.

Foster The People rocked our worlds at KLCC on 13 February 2012. Click here for the photos of the night.