Exclusive Do Something! Awards Sneak: Foster The People Add Some Sonic Muscle To “Helena Beat”

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The 2011 Do Something! Awards don’t air until Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m., but we were able to convince the show’s producers to let us share this awesome clip of our You Oughta Know artist Foster The People with you guys before tomorrow night’s premiere. The band performed two songs during the ceremony, Song of the Summer contender “Pumped Up Kicks” and (my personal S.O.T.S. pick) “Helena Beat,” with the same sort of enthusiasm and energy levels that have been winning them thousands upon thousands of new fans at music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.

In particular, their sound was significantly fuller than it was when they played the supremely catchy “Helena Beat” here at VH1 HQ a few months back during a stripped down You Oughta Know Live acoustic set. In their rambunctious Do Something! Awards performance, they employed not one, not two, but THREE guys to tackle the song’s whirring synth melodies, which certainly got the front rows of the Hollywood Palladium up, clapping and dancing.

In addition to being a dynamic young band, Foster The People are also committed to helping out in the community. This fall, they have agreed to partner up with Do Good Bus, which helps transports citizen volunteers to and from charity sites in cities all over the country.

To catch Foster The People’s rendition of “Pumped Up Kicks,” not to mention Demi Lovato‘s first-ever televised performance of her smash “Skyscraper,” be sure to tune into the Do Something! Awards, airing on VH1 this Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m. (That’s tomorrow, folks!)

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  1. tomitweets says:

    I love this band because it takes me back to the 80s. Electronic but melodic and sounds like real music, not just some dude turning knobs (I hate remixes with a passion). Right after I heard Pumped Up Kicks, I immediately bought their album Torches.Doesn’t happen often…the other band I did that for was Florence and the Machine.

  2. Emma says:

    I don’t know which is better, their live video or music video for Helena Beat?! Ah, I would have to say it’s a tie :) If you haven’t seen their music video for that song yet, definitely check it out: http://www.vevo.com/watch/foster-the-people/helena-beat/USSM21100904

  3. macky-paige says:

    I love this band and I can’t wait for them to come through Colorado again. Helena Beat is such a fun song and I love the video for it. Here’s a link if you haven’t seen it yet! http://www.vevo.com/watch/foster-the-people/helena-beat/USSM21100904