First Impressions: Grabbing Into The Groove Of Fitz and The Tantrums

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Just when I thought I was up to my ear drums in 1960's nostalgia groups, singers and albums, here comes a group that sort of reinvigorates that now tedious concept. If you're going to do a throwback sound, Fitz and the Tantrums know you have to take it to the river. Fitz and the Tantrums are a sextet that have been stepping around for some time on the Los Angeles scene, opening for the likes of Maroon 5, and due to their raucous, soul stomping sound, they've gathered a following.

I started off on the right foot, because my first impression came in the form of "Moneygrabber", which is just delish. It's almost as if Tina Turner's fringed dresses from the 60's (or really two years ago) were back in motion when I heard it. The song is feautred on their 2010 debut album, Pickin' Up The Pieces, and on it are more goodies such as "Winds Of Change" and "Breaking The Chains of Love". Oh, how I was sleeping on this.

The group could easily get thrown into the void of like-minded bands, specifically Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, but actually I like this better. It's not too tepid and it's just the right amount of nostalgia that it doesn't feel forced, like some nostalgia minded outfits can turn out to be. Lead singer, Fitz sounds like a blend between Daryl Hall (whom they jammed with on his Live From Daryl's House webcast) and oddly David Bowie, along with co-vocalist, Noelle Scaggs the two are bringing back that Ike & Tina trade-off of vocal exercises to a T. Just causing a ruckus for all the right reasons this group is. Take a listen to "Moneygrabber" and see if you like to grab this groove, because you can tangibly for free here.

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