Artist of the Week [4/5/13]: Fitz and the Tantrums

Despite having a sound reminiscent of 80’s pop-rock (e.g. Hall & Oates), Fitz and the Tantrums easily appeal to today’s generation.  There seems to be a growing music scene that relies heavily on 80’s musical influences.  Although it is a strange occurrence, it is indeed refreshing to know that there is hope in today’s music industry.

Fitz and the Tantrums’ forthcoming CD, More Than Just A Dream, will surface on May 7th for North America.  Judging by the first single, “Out Of My League,” it should be an easy and enlightening listen.  The echoing lead vocals and gang vocal chorus combined with falsetto “ooh”s and an 80’s retro melody make for a catchy tune.

For Boston area fans, the group will perform at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, June 28th.  After watching a live performance of Fitz and the Tantrums on Palladia, it can be expressed that this band will be worth the $25 ticket.  According to the video footage, they have fantastic stage presence and perfectly interact with their audiences.

Five songs to check out are “Out Of My League,” “Moneygrabber,” “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “L.O.V.,” and “Dear Mr. President.”  Excluding “Out Of My League,” all of these songs come off of the band’s debut full-length album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces.  While the new single sounds like an 80’s song, as previously discussed, the other four suggested focus tracks revert back to the 70’s. They all sound like something Kool & The Gang or Earth, Wind, & Fire might have written.

For more information on Fitz and the Tantrums, check out their website.


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