The harmonies, prominent saxophone and energy Fitz and company offer is reminiscent of the Motown sound Phil Spector worked so hard to create. In an effort to blend soul and rock Svengali frontman Fitz set out to make a record that found “a new vocabulary for the genre.” To make that happen Fitz wanted to make the record without using any guitars. He was successful in both efforts.
Pickin’ Up the Pieces is an exciting, danceable album that makes people stop and ask “Who sings that song?” The sound is familiar but refreshed. Fitz and the Tantrums took the best parts of rock and soul, blended them together and then added a little Red Bull.
With a substantial amount of national buzz, Fitz and the Tantrums have played sold out shows all across the country. More locally, if you’ve had the chance to visit the friendly confines of DC’s in Iowa City, you may have heard their single “MoneyGrabber” playing in the bar’s Friday evening music repertoire.
The music is dynamic. The musicians are stylish. The show is not one to be missed. 6pm TONIGHT at Blue Moose, here in Iowa City, for only $3.