Indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums set to play Double Door
BY MATTHEW SCHWERHA firstname.lastname@example.org April 22, 2013 5:52PM
Fitz and the Tantrums play the Double Door Tuesday night.
Fitz and the Tantrums
8 p.m. Tuesday
Updated: April 29, 2013 12:18PM
Indie band Fitz and the Tantrums have been waiting for this moment.
“We all came up in the LA scene,” said Noelle Scaggs, who along with Michael Fitzpatrick, James King, Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks, form the group.
“I was in The Rebirth. A lot of the guys were session guys. James played with Christina Aguilera. For Fitz, this was the first successful happening for him,” Scaggs said. “He’s a guy who knocked on the door and no one opened them for him.”
With all the energy the band brings while on stage — Fitzpatrick on vocals and keyboards, Scaggs on vocals and percussion, King on saxophone, flute, trumpet and harmonica, Karnes on bass, Ruzumna on keyboards and Wicks on drums and percussion — they were given their name by a friend, which is both a play on words and a fitting description of their performance.
“Everybody in LA calls him Fitz,” Scaggs said of Fitzpatrick. “We are really electric on stage and we put out a lot of energy. A friend of ours threw it out there.”
On Tuesday, Fitz and the Tantrums bring their act to the Double Door to promote their new album, “More Than Just A Dream,” set for releas May 7 and differs quite a bit from their debut.
“The first record was a Motown meets New Wave ’80s, modernized kind of thing,” Scaggs said. “The new one expands our sound and is a pop record. Pop gets a really bad name, but when you think what pop music is, it’s like Motown and it is what stands the test of time.
“We spent a lot of time crafting these songs and the vibe of what makes us as a band. The main focus was trying to accomplish what we are able to do on stage. We really pushed the tempo and made sure it’s a fun record. “
Fitzpatrick and Scaggs’ dynamic on stage is one that is evolving.
“You are going to see the growth of us being together for four years and touring,” Scaggs said. “I wrote a lot with him on this record with the lyrics and melody. The first record didn’t have the balance because it was pulled together so quickly.”
With this tour, the group is just trying to accomplish the same things they have been striving for from the beginning.
“Right now, the way the world seems to be working with music as such an easy source digitally, music is oversaturated,” Scaggs said. “If you don’t go out there and promote yourself, your group of listeners is going to be very small.
“We get out there and let people lose themselves for an hour. People have told us they haven’t been to a concert like ours in so many years.”