Los Angeles might not be the first place you think of when it comes to being the home of classic blue-eyed soul music, but Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums is doing his best to change that. Their debut album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, to be released on renowned LA-based label Dangerbird Records, celebrates the infectious sounds of 60s-era R&B without being mere pastiche. Punchy tracks like “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” & “MoneyGrabber” manage to sound both cutting-edge and timeless at the same time, echoing a range of artists from Tom Jones, David Ruffin, Daryl Hall and Raphael Saadiq.
But the group is not just a big soul voice – the band, anchored by the catchy interplay between organ, sax, bass & drums, is sharp and funky, featuring players having previously worked with Macy Gray, De La Soul and others. And back-up singer Noelle Scaggs is much more than just a mere back-up; she’s a force all her own, expertly trading riffs with Fitz. We here at KCRW were immediate fans of their debut EP, released a mere year and a half ago, but with this full album Fitz and the Tantrums is set to make themselves a household name.
Artist webpage: http://fitzandthetantrums.com/
Pickin’ Up the Pieces will be available
on-demand from August 16 through September 14. The album will be released
1. Breakin' The Chains of Love
2. Dear Mr. President
3. Pickin' Up The Pieces
6. News 4 U
7. Don't Gotta Work It Out
8. Rich Girls
9. Winds of Change
Fitz & the Tantrums