Foster The People‘s debut album, Torches, was released on May 23 last year. In that time, the album has spawned one certifiable smash (“Pumped Up Kicks”, which Best Pop/Vocal Duo Performance Grammy this past year) and three other singles that all performed well on the charts, particularly “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)” (which has been hanging around the upper reaches of our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown since its release in December). Aside from all of the accolades and the sold-out shows, the band found themselves as an answer on a recent episode of Jeopardy, so what more could they ask for?
Well, from the looks of their new video for “Houdini” —the fifth single off Torches— it seems like what the band is in need most of is a break. The video begins with Mark Foster and his People shooting a music video on a soundstage (meta, right?). Well, the party comes to a crashing halt, quite literally, when a beam comes hurtling down from the rafters and crushes the band to a pulp. Well, we all know the first rule of showbiz is that “The show must go on”; in this case, that truism applies even when the band is, well, dead. A mysterious group of Japanese businessmen —it’s important to note that the band is on Columbia Records, a subdivision of Sony— arrive on the scene, and utilize a combination of CGI, robotics and human puppeteers to film a video and put on a concert with the now deceased members of Foster The People, Weekend At Bernie’s style, with the audience presumably being none the wiser. It’s certainly a bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you kind of statement from the former You Oughta Know group, but one that’s also playful and well-directed. Hopefully, after being worked to the bone for the last year and change, the guys will get to get some time to take a much-deserved vacay this summer.