[24 August 2009]
PopMatters Associate Events Editor
L.A. based Fitz & the Tantrums have had a very productive 2009. It started with Fitz purchasing an old church organ at his ex’s suggestion, then by night’s end, the first single, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, was written.
Fast forward to a new record contract with Future Sounds, the August 11th release of a five song EP, Songs For a Break-Up, Vol.1 (which was all recorded in Fitz’ living room), and now a 13-stop west coast tour with Flogging Molly, and you’ve just defined the word “productivity”.
Fitz moved to L.A. from France as a child, and brought some European flair with him. Songs for a Break-Up, Vol.1 has not only the muse church organ, but has layered in a background of horns, female vocals and a Motown-meets Gnarls Barley-meets the Black Keys sound that is both original and organic. Fitz & the Tantrums may be a Future Sounds’ recording artist, but they’re definitely using some retro sounds to their appeal.
Check out their upcoming tour after the jump, as well as their new single “Winds of Change”.
Aug 19 2009 Troubador ASCAP showcase with U.N.I. and Keenan Bell Los Angeles
Sep 10 2009 Radisson Hotel- Grove w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Sacramento, California
Sep 11 2009 Fox Theatre w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Oakland, California
Sep 12 2009 The Greek Theate w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Los Angeles, California
Sep 14 2009 The Senator Theatre w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Chico, California
Sep 15 2009 Roseland w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Portland, Oregon
Sep 16 2009 Knitting Factory w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Spokane, Washington
Sep 17 2009 Marymoor w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Seattle, Washington
Sep 21 2009 House Of Blues w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat San Diego, California
Sep 22 2009 House Of Blues w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat San Diego, California
Sep 24 2009 Pearl w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 25 2009 In The Venue w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 26 2009 Red Rocks w/ Flogging Molly & Hepcat Denver, Colorado