Video: the band discuss a dark turn on the new album - and goats up trees

15:00 4th February 2014

Foster the People frontman Mark Foster has said that parts of new album Supermodel are inspired by addiction, consumption and being alone in the face of adversity.

Watch Foster the People discuss Supermodel in the video above

Speaking to Gigwise, Foster said that whereas debut album Torches was more of a 'balloon that would take the listener away', follow up Supermodel is much more of an 'anchor'. As such he describes it as being harder to write as it was a more honest record, inspired by travelling and the inner demons that it opened up in him.

"I think this record is pretty vulnerable," says Foster. " It was a hard record to make, lyrically for me, some of the things where I was at with my life. I guess coming out of Torches and coming off that pilgrimage of traveliing, I was really confronting some demons that I hadn't really confronted before." 

Moving onto discuss song 'Goats In Trees' specifically, Foster says that he drew inspiration from his own addiction and struggles. He says the song was inspired by seeing goats who climb trees to eat nuts in Morocco and while it was simply a working title for the track it took on a new meaning for them as they recorded Supermodel.

"That song [Goats in Trees] is really about being alone in the face of a huge enemy and about addiction and being consumed by something I was consuming."

"For me it's just like the paradoxical nature of the universe and how like an addict, how does that happen? It happens on small scales and it happens on big scales."

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