Fitz & The Tantrums is an LA-based band I got turned on to in 2010 with their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces. They’re best described as soulful yet something nostalgic and ’70s throwback too. Founded in 2008, the band consists of Michael Fitzpatrick on lead vocals and keyboards, Noelle Scaggs on vocals and percussion, James King on saxophone, flute and guitar, Joseph Karnes on bass guitar, Jeremy Ruzumna on keyboards and John Wicks on drums. This year they dropped their excellent sophomore album More Than Just a Dream.
In concert, the dynamic of Fitzpatrick and Scaggs takes center stage. ‘Don’t Gotta Work it Out,’ ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces,’ ‘MoneyGrabber’ and ‘L.O.V.’ were highlights off their first album. I think Fitz and team picked up their game a bit with the new album. ‘Fools Gold,’ ‘Break the Walls,’ ‘6 am’ and their new single ‘Outta My League’ are all outta sight, but ‘Spark’ impressed me most when they were able to get the whole crowd at Roseland singing an unreleased, relatively unknown song.
I also liked their Eurythmics cover ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These).’ Despite the fact it’s Dave and Annie’s most covered song, any reference to them must be respected. My favorite moment was stripped down, slowed down ‘Last Raindrop’ as represented in the photo above as it really showcased Fitz and Scapps’ chemistry. All in all a good show. My only tantrum came when I found out Roseland may be closing in six months. As a nostalgic guy myself, I can’t stand to see New York City lose any music venue.