Monday, May 9, 2011

Fitz and The Trantrums; BAND OF THE WEEK May 9th - 15th

If this doesn't grab your ears and yank them into pleasureful sensations of musical excellence, then your taste in genre is questionable...
Of course, I say that lightly. When I first heard MoneyGrabber, I thought it was a refurbished song from the 60's! But then of course research proved that it is very much a present-day single by the soulful indie pop sounds of Fitz and The Tantrums!
In commemoration to their announced presence in the future lineup of Seattle's Bumbershoot 2011, .rapt is featuring this emotional mess as Band of the Week!

What began with an old church organ purchased by Michael Fitzpatrick would ultimately fuel the inspirations that brought together the creative collaborations of James King, Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks, and vocal brilliance Noelle Scaggs. Together these individuals would form a modern-day replica of Motown vibrancy; infectious to listen to, adding some extra groove to indie pop.

Currently [ON TOUR] (Dates listed here)
Labeled by Dangerbird Records, Fits and The Tantrums' discography includes a debut EP released in 2009 titled Songs for a Breakup: Vol. 1, and a full-length record released in 2010 titled Pickin' Up the Pieces.
(Both available for purchase on itunes.)

What lures me to Fitz and The Tantrums are not only expression tracks such as Winds of Change (video below) and Darkest Street, but also the classic and almost jazzy aura their songs usher. It's refreshing to hear the influence of older genres collide with new to create a fantastic musical experience.

Check out Fitz and The Tantrums, lot. You won't be sorry.