Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks :: Official Video _ from the album Torches released on 23 May 2011 _ The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while working as a commercial jingle writer at Mophonics in the Venice district of Los Angeles. Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe a youth's homicidal thoughts of a killing spree.
"Pumped Up Kicks" received considerable attention after it was posted online in 2010, and it helped the group garner a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records imprint Startime International before the group had issued a commercial release. The song became both a crossover hit and a sleeper hit, as it received airplay on modern rock stations soon after its release in September 2010, and in mid-2011 began seeing noticeable airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. 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.