a notable achievement due to the band being relatively unknown in Australia.
Still, the group was inexperienced as a live act, and as a result, their booking agent Tom Windish secured them several club shows "to help them get their sea legs." Foster the People promoted these concerts in January 2011 by emailing fans who had downloaded "Pumped Up Kicks" from their website, notifying them of the shows.
"Pumped Up Kicks" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
On the day of recording, Foster debated between songwriting in the studio and going to the beach.
"Pumped Up Kicks" became the group's breakthrough hit and was one of the most popular songs of 2011.The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while he was working as a commercial jingle writer.Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe the homicidal thoughts of a troubled youth.The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U. top 5 since Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" in 2009.The song was widely praised by critics, and it has been licensed for use in a wide range of popular media since its release.