All the other kids with the pumped up kicks…

by juli boggs

I’ve long since wondered what would happen to suburban kids after a generation or so of gangsta rap. Will even the most demure middle-class white kid soon be sending shout outs to his shorty? Will there ever be a market for 40oz microbrewed malt liquor? Can you even get 20’’ rims on a Volvo?

Taking cues from the likes of MGMT and Peter Bjorn and John, LA’s surf-pop newcomers Foster The People may be realizing a little of that reality with their track “Pumped Up Kicks.”

Juxtaposing bright, surfy pop riffs with far darker subject matter, it would seem that our generation has begun digesting all of those violent cultural influences and spitting out something beyond imitation- where violence isn’t necessarily violent, it’s just a part of who we are. Whether this is a calloused response to bad-news-overload or a sublimation that downplays violence’s power, I choose the later, though even this is reading too far into it. Irony or unintentional statement: you decide.

Whistling along to a repetitive chorus of “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/ you better run better run/ outrun my gun” you can’t help but feel a little more empowered. Though getting shot would still suck hella bad.

Conclusion: While it doesn’t say much, it just about says it all.