PHOTOS: Fitz and The Tantrums bring their energy to Double Door
BY MATTHEW SCHWERHA @MatthewSchwerha April 29, 2013 12:38PM
Noelle Scaggs, of Fitz and the Tantrums, performs at Double Door Tuesday. | Matthew Schwerha
Updated: April 29, 2013 12:38PM
Chicago has been somewhat of a second home to Fitz and The Tantrums, and Tuesday night at Double Door was no different as the band played a sold out show.
“From the first second we came to Chicago, we have been received so well,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, who along with Noelle Scaggs, fronts the band. “More than any other city, Chicago might be like our number one city in terms of vibe and people having just been down from the beginning.”
On tour, with not much time to explore each stop, the band did make time for a quick drink at a local coffee shop.
“We went for a walk and got a great cup of coffee at The Wormhole,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are coffee junkies in this band. Always look for the most expensive, tasty cup of coffee made by hipsters.”
Fitzpatrick became familiar with the city when he would visit his parents over the holidays.
“My parents lived here for many years,” Fitzpatrick said. “My dad used to work at the Museum of Contemporary Art. They were here for 10 or 12 years.”
The Metro has long been a supporter of Fitz and The Tantrums, and Fitzpatrick said the band owes some of their success to it.
“Joe Shanahan booked us a headline gig there before anything was going on,” Fitzpatrick said. “He took a chance on us. It was a really big deal that they let us headline there and it really paid off. We will be back in the summer for two nights at the Metro.”
Along with Schuba’s, which the band played after Lollapalooza, Double Door is one of the smaller venues they have played — which Fitzpatrick likes.
“We have never played a club this small in Chicago,” Fitzpatrick said. “I just like the energy of a small club. It gets really hot and sweaty. The energy is just contained in the room in that moment. Our show is so about the energy that you bring on stage.”