Dressed to the nines in GypsySun Vintage, Fitz and The Tantrums turned up the heat on stage during SXSW 2011. Their hit single, “Moneygrabber,” took the entire Sessions Factory on a trip back to the ever-so-popular Motown era.
Originating in Los Angeles, Fitz and The Tantrums came to life almost overnight in 2008. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick snagged an electronic organ from his ex-girlfriend’s neighbor and wrote his first song, “Breaking the Chains of Love," that very same evening. He rallied up the troops to form the rest of the band and the rest is history.
Recorded in Fitzpatrick's house, Fitz and The Tantrums released an EP titled, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, in Summer 2009. This phenomenal debut paved the way for scoring noteworthy gigs around the Los Angeles area, including the infamous Viper Room. The '60s-inspired, neo-soul ensemble had an even bigger response to their first LP, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, which led to performances on TBS’ Conan and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
With their much deserved fame, Fitz and The Tantrums keep feeding hungry crowds with their soul-packed songs and superhuman stage presence. Fresh off the Coachella stage, Michael and his gang of musical masterminds will certainly play to sold out houses on their North American tour that starts this weekend. Peep where they have shows here.
If you do one interesting thing this summer, make sure you save the date for one of their shows. They are absolutely explosive live!
"Moneygrabber" by Fitz and The Tantrums
About The Sessions:
Producers CJ Vinson and Lauren Bucherie are musical tastemakers based out of Austin. They built their company around a simple wish: To diminish the boundary between art and audience. Their unwavering style and eclectic creative collaborations have made The Sessions sought-after team for musicians around the world. CJ and Lauren have worked with everyone from local favorites Cowboy and Indian, Suzanna Choffel and Dan Dyer to internationally-renowned acts like Fitz and The Tantrums and two-time Grammy award winners The Civil Wars.