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Still, the group was inexperienced as a live act, and as a result, their booking agent Tom Windish secured them several club shows "to help them get their sea legs." Foster the People promoted these concerts in January 2011 by emailing fans who had downloaded "Pumped Up Kicks" from their website, notifying them of the shows.
The group continued to grow its fanbase with a month-long residency of concerts in January at The Echo nightclub in Los Angeles.
Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe the homicidal thoughts of a troubled youth.
The track received considerable attention after it was posted online in 2010 as a free download, and it helped the group garner a multi-album record deal with Columbia Records imprint Startime International.
The song proved to be a crossover hit; after peaking at number one on the Alternative Songs chart in June and number three on the Rock Songs chart in July, the song broke into the top 40 of the Hot 100 in late July and appeared on the Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
Columbia senior VP of promotion Lee Leipsner said, "It was one of the only alternative bands I remember in a while that you could actually dance to.
The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U. top 5 since Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" in 2009.Around the same time, many alternative radio stations began playing "Pumped Up Kicks", including Los Angeles terrestrial stations KROQ-FM and KYSR, and it continued to gain popularity on Alt Nation.s Rock Songs chart and a week later, it debuted on the Alternative Songs chart.In May, the track debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, and later that month, the group released their first full-length studio album, Torches, on which "Pumped Up Kicks" appears.But I wasn't inspired when I wrote 'Pumped Up Kicks,' and that's what came out. it just solidified the notion that perspiration is more powerful than inspiration.""I like to write about real-life topics, and I like to write about different walks of life.
For me, that song was really an observation about something that's happening in the youth culture these days.The band's publicist denied any connection: "This is completely false.