Foster The People’s “Coming Of Age” is basically a Film Studies class without the exam.
The word “cinematic” gets thrown around a lot when we’re talking about music videos. But for “Coming Of Age,” the first video from Foster The People’s forthcoming second studio album, Supermodel, the band wanted to take the concept to the next level.
The BRTHR-directed clip mixes a handful of recognizable movie tropes — the boxing montage, the high school romance, the motorcycle bad boy, the teen romcom hijinks — but they come back to the central conceit of the song: growing up and learning something about who you are. (Insert “Breakfast Club” quote here.)
“Aesthetically, we had talked about on this record working with film more, and working with kind of more classic photography,” Mark Foster explains in a behind-the-scenes clip.
The band is also heavily inspired by California in the video — so much that they recently unveiled a huge, building-sized mural of the Supermodel cover in downtown Los Angeles by graphic artist Young & Sick. “I think California and Los Angeles were a big part of the inspiration for the themes on the record,” Foster added.
The results move from the sweeping beauty of the mountains to swimming pools and crowded city streets. If the video’s vignettes look familiar, that’s because they arose after conversations with the director about classic American pastimes depicted on film. Think “Rocky” boxing montages that’ll make you shout “ADRIAN!” and stylin’ leather ‘n’ motorcycle scenes. We’re pretty sure Sly Stallone, aka Rocky himself, would EAT IT UP.
As for Supermodel, “It’s not the record that people are gonna expect us to release second,” Foster declared in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It’s definitely an evolution for us, and it’s a more polarizing record for us, so I’m excited to see how it’s received, for better or worse.” So, you might say, it’s a real coming of age.
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