In Foster the People’s new video for their latest single “Coming of Age,” the Los Angeles band hone in on a distinct Eighties vibe, the golden era for coming-of-age teen films. The video splices together washed-out scenes of singer Mark Foster and crew playing on a nondescript stage with various characters having a rough time. A high school mascot feels dejected. A kid is chased down by cops. An up-and-coming boxer is getting beat up in the ring and smoking cigarettes on the sly. It’s all stuff we can relate to in a very John Hughes way.
“Coming of Age” comes from Foster the People’s forthcoming second album Supermodel (out March 14th), the follow-up to their 2011 smash debut Torches. But this video isn’t the only visual that they’ve released so far. Last month, the band unveiled a massive mural in downtown Los Angeles that mirrored Supermodel‘s cover art. “We knew the album was going to be called Supermodel, and we wanted the art to be a counterbalance to that name, and redefine what it meant,” Foster told Rolling Stone on that day. “It happens to be the same art we’re putting on our record, but for me it was always something separate from the album itself.
“Music is an intangible thing,” he added. “It travels through the air. But there’s something powerful about something you can look at and touch. This was a chance to make something that’s going to stand independent of the music that we make.” The band also created a time-lapse video of the mural’s construction using “Coming of Age” as the music.
The band will kick off a tour of festivals and mid-sized clubs starting next month at Coachella 2014.