Shameless Plug: Fitz & The Tantrums

I love this band.

I know, I know—I love a lot of bands. But Los Angeles-based Fitz & The
Tantrums, though I only first heard them a month ago, has already been elevated into the top tier of my all-time favorites list.3-30-09.fitz02

Their music is beautiful, 1960′s-inspired soul, and even if you didn’t spend your childhood listening to soul on the oldies station like me, or at the time, like my 55-year-old mother and my 75-year-old mother-in-law, you are still going to LOVE this music.

There is something undeniably moving about soul music, something that strikes you in your very core, that simultaneously gets you dancing and has you reaching for another cocktail as you recall the time you felt JUST LIKE THAT, that time your heart was shattered, the time you thought you were completely alone, the time just before you started to transform yourself into something better.

Fitz has a voice perfectly suited for soul—it can simultaneously lift you up AND break your heart—and it is AMAZING how he sounds even better live than he does on the EP—the same goes for the talented Noelle Scaggs, whose voice is absolutely gorgeous and makes me long for the days when more people in the music industry actually had talent.

To be honest, I prefer the live versions of their songs to the EP, even though the EP is excellently produced. There is something very special about hearing such beautiful sounds from people standing in front of you and knowing it is genuine. Nothing is lost in their live performances.

I had the pleasure of seeing Fitz & co. at the Fox Theater on September 11th, appearing with Hepcat & Flogging Molly. Having looked them up before the show, I watched a live recording of “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” on Vimeo & my jaw literally dropped. As a result, they were the band I was most excited to see that night, and they did NOT disappoint.

After the show my husband & I went to say hi to Fitz at the merch booth, and he was incredibly nice & was genuinely happy to be there and meet people. He is also incredibly tall, which, to a short girl like me, is something of note.:PI find his enthusiasm for music and for the band and all that comes with it very inspiring, a breath of fresh air in an industry where people become jaded very quickly.

I look forward to seeing them again at Harlot in San Francisco on October 7th.I have been trying to expose as may people as possible to them, so if you are in the area, you should come too! And in the meantime, listen to their music on their website, fitzandthetantrums.com.

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