How Fitz & the Tantrums went from playing shows in their living room, to playing packed stadiums in a matter of months is pure kismet.
The stadium bit is thanks to the fact that a tattoo artist happened to be playing Fitz et al, while lead singer for Maroon 5, Adam Levine was joining the cool kids and getting a tattoo. Adam became an instant-fan and immediately asked Fitz and the gang to join them on tour. After such serendipity (depending on how you feel about having to listen to Maroon 5 every night) Fitz & the Tantrums were able to bring their unique brand of neo-soul/indie pop to thousands of M5 fans, many of whom have probably never even heard of Motown.
The LA-based band is fronted by Michael Fitzpatrick and beautifully backed by vocalist Noelle Scaggs, and is armed with horns, a keyboardist, drums, and a bass player, yet there is not a single guitar to be found amongst the lot. But you won’t miss the six-strings once you hear them, and they are sure to get some souls struttin’ at this year’s SXSW…
Fitz & the Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love (Live)
Fitz & the Tantrums debut EP “Songs for a Break Up Volume 1” was released last year recorded entirely in Fitz’s living room using a single microphone. They are currently working on a full-length album and are sure to have a new fan-base after SXSW: