Noted as being a band to watch in a Rolling Stone feature in 2011, Fitz and The Tantrums have grown in steadily in popularity since the release of their debut album called Pickin’ Up The Pieces in 2010. Since the release of that album, they have released a handful of singles (one of which reached the top spot on the Billboard Heat seekers Chart) and their 2nd album entitled More Than Just A Dream came out in May 2013.
Although they are a band that are easy to pigeonhole into one genre or subgenre, the band themselves describe their music as being soul-influenced indie pop, heavily being inspired by the classics released on Stax and Motown Records. One of the most striking things about Fitz and The Tantrums is perhaps their lack of guitars too heavy in the mix. This was apparently a very deliberate act according to lead singer Fitzpatrick who said that he was sick of hearing songs, of any genre, with a prevalent guitar somewhere in the mix. Including Michael Fitzpatrick (lead singer and keyboardist), Noelle Scaggs (singer and percussionist), James King (Guitarist, percussionist, flutist, keyboardist and saxophonist), Joseph Karnes (bassist), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboardist) and John Wicks (drummer and percussionist)
Although their albums are a fair representation of what the band sounds like, there is no real substitute for hearing them live, loud and proud. They seem to be at the top of their powers when they are performing live. It is in fact this enthusiasm and dedication for performing live and touring the country that has earned them the title of Hardest Working Band by a number of different journalists. The great news for fans new and old of the group is that they are kicking off their 2014 tour in April. The shows should be both nostalgic trips down memory lane and electrifying.