Fitz and The Tantrums
About Fitz and The Tantrums
Led by singer Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz and the Tantrums play a hooky, danceable brand of pop infused with retro soul and '80s new wave influences. Initially drawing inspiration from classic Motown and Stax recordings, Fitz and the Tantrums drew praise for their exuberant 2010 debut, Pickin' Up the Pieces. They have continued to evolve, adopting a more contemporary pop sound and landing chart hits like "Out of My League" from 2014's More Than Just a Dream and "HandClap" from 2016's Fitz and the Tantrums.
The Los Angeles-based Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums in 2008 as a neo-soul solo project; having purchased an old church organ, he found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangements to the material. The lineup grew from there, with the Tantrums eventually becoming a co-ed septet with the addition of vocalist Noelle Scaggs. Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1 marked the group's first release in 2009, and Fitz and the Tantrums headed to South by Southwest the following year, stirring up some industry buzz in the process. Also in 2010, the band delivered their first full-length effort, Pickin' Up the Pieces, featuring the single "MoneyGrabber."
Their second studio album, the Tony Hoffer-produced More Than Just a Dream, appeared in 2014 and found the group moving away from the vintage soul sound of their debut. The album's lead single, "Out of My League," reached number one on Billboard's Alternative chart. The group's creative transformation into a more contemporary pop outfit reached an apex with 2016's eponymous Fitz and the Tantrums, which featured production from Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Tegan & Sara), Joel Little (Ellie Goulding, Lorde), and Ricky Reed (Jessie J, Jason Derulo). The album was heralded by the infectious lead single "HandClap," which landed at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Adult Top 40 chart. The following year -- in conjunction with their summer trek with OneRepublic and James Arthur -- the group issued a deluxe edition of Fitz and the Tantrums featuring a new single, "Fool." They returned in 2019 with their third full-length, All the Feels, featuring the single "123456." ~ Andrew Leahey
HOMETOWNLos Angeles, CA