Fitz And The Tantrums
The first band rehearsal is always tough. Is there any chemistry? Does everybody get along? Does the music sound good? It's great when it works. "One rehearsal, and we could have played a show that night," said Michael Fitzpatrick of his band, Fitz And The Trantrums.
"I did want to try and make a big sounding record without guitars," said Fitzpatrick of his group's Soul-influenced indie pop. "For me, I just feel like in any music that has a band, the guitar is always there, it's always featured, it's always prevalent. I'm just sick of hearing it."
Fitzpatrick got in touch with his college friend, sax player James King, to assemble the group. King brought in singer Noelle Scaggs and drummer John Wicks, who enlisted bassist Ethan Phillips and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna. That was '08, two years later the L.A. group released their debut studio album, "Pickin' Up The Pieces." Fitz And The Tantrums went to #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and Rolling Stone magazine wrote that they were "a band to watch."
But between that first rehearsal and their debut there were some dues paid. The group's first show was at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe. From there they hit the L.A. club circuit that included the infamous Viper Room. The band recorded, in Fitzpatrick's home, their debut EP, "Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1." Tracks from the album received airplay on L.A. public radio station KCRW, which meant all of eight people probably heard them.
No matter, the group toured and caught a break opening for Maroon 5, which came about via a download from KCRW.
Debut single, "Breakin' The Chains Of Love" came out. And that was followed by a South By Southwest (SXSW) appearance. The band's video for the song "MoneyGrabber" was incorporated into the opening scene of a sixth season episode of the CBS crime-drama Criminal Minds and "News 4 U" was chosen for the promo of Desperate Housewives' seventh season.
"Fitz And The Tantrums is the kind of band that communicates best in concert, but this album ("Pickin' Up The Pieces")
serves as a fine proxy and party-starter," wrote Los Angeles Times music critic Ann Powers.
The 'better live' theme surfaced again when Fitz And The Tantrums' appearances on the '11 summer festival tour earned them the "Hardest-Working Band" recognition from Vogue Daily.
The group's sophomore set, "More Than Just A Dream," landed in the spring of '13.
2010 Pickin' Up The Pieces
2013 More Than Just A Dream