If any member of the six-piece, retro-soul phenom Fitz and the Tantrums offers to write you a note to ditch work the next day “if you cut loose tonight,” take it because you know you’re in for some intense “booty shaking” (believe us, we were trying). Wish we took vocalist Noelle Scaggs up on her offer, because the crowd’s frenzy reached a cardio workout levels by the end of the Tantrum’s six-song set at New York’s Irving Plaza, and who could go home after that?
The You Oughta Know alums burst onto the stage with an animated intro to “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” courtesy of keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, while the act’s namesake vocalist Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick cranked up the energy level up further with just a two-note belting of “Baby.” They bookended the showcase with equally hyper hit “MoneyGrabber,” in all working it through half of their outstanding Pickin’ Up The Pieces LP start to finish. Noelle’s pervasive dance moves (made dazzling by a sparkly silver top) and her charismatic harmonies with Fitz were on full display, while James King’s horns raised the swagger quotient especially during their cover of Eurhythmics classic “Sweet Dreams.” As a fan let rip from the audience, “Dig that horn, mannnnn!” Indeed.
The performance served as a kick off to Hertz Movin’ With Music, a multi-year partnership with Live Nation Entertainment aimed at concert-goers, which features rental car discounts for drivers attending shows at Live Nation venues, special car collections, and, eventually, Hertz Live Radio and a Music Store in 2012. Fitz and the Tantrums—an outfit known for their sweat-inducing stage antics that get crowds hyped to see their shows and keeps them buzzing long after the ride home—are a choice pick to get music enthusiasts keyed up for a new way to approach their next live show.
We caught up with Fitz and the Tantrums backstage to find out which tunes get them wound up on their way to their favorite concerts. They graciously whipped up an impromptu playlist for fans to groove to while on the road. Their taste is as varied as their style with more mellow choices for a slow stretch of highway cruising (M83) or getting speeding ticket (LCD Soundsystem—they got a ticket driving to this band in real life!). Check out their list here and listen to it on Spotify.
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS – ROAD MUSIC (PLAYLIST)
“Pon De Floor (ft. VYBZ Kartel)”, Major Lazer
“Midnight City”, M83
“How I Got Over”, The Roots
“What The Water Gave Me”, Florence + The Machine
“Lisa Baby”, Walk The Moon
“Elephants and Little Girls”, Loch Lomond
“Me, Myself And I”, De La Soul
“Cruel”, St. Vincent
“Stone Rollin’”, Raphael Saadiq
“The Look”, Metronomy
“My Leather, My Fur, My Nails”, Stepdad
“All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem
“Winter White Hymnal”, Fleet Foxes
“This Must Be The Place”, Talking Heads
SETLIST: “Don’t Gotta Work It Out”/ “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”/ “Breakin’ The Chains Of Love”/ “L.O.V.”/ “Sweet Dreams” (Eurhythmics cover)/ “MoneyGrabber”