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Lead singer of LA-based band Foster the People, Mark Foster, recently sat down with NME to discuss the breakout 2010 single and the effect – or rather effects – it had on society at the time. Foster explains in the interview how the song made the band extremely sought after by record labels out of nowhere, since before the song was released, he had been struggling to get anyone to recognize them.
“I can’t believe that this is the first song that people are gonna hear from us,” This was Foster’s first reaction to the song blowing up.
Toward the beginning of the interview, Foster speaks about the song’s impact on the public. He explains, “It forced the public to have a conversation, not only about guns and gun regulations, but also about art itself.” Foster tells NME that he thinks it’s really cool that a song with that sort of subject matter made it into the US Top 40. The chorus, Foster reveals, was the first part of the song that was written; he originally considered the “gun” a metaphor, until he started writing the other verses, which provide more of a backstory to the song’s protagonist “Robert.”
You can catch Foster the People at the House of Blues in Boston on Friday May 9th.