Fitz and the Tantrums are making a big noise with their high-energy indie pop rhythyms. Released in June their eponymous album, and the single ‘Hand Clap’, have stormed the Billboard charts. The track has been chosen by Italian carmaker Fiat for an ad campaign for one to their new models.
The band is fronted by French-born American musician Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, Fitzpatrick says he knew straight away that he had a hit on his hands: “You’re lucky as if you have one of those lightning in a bottle moments where a song almost writes itself and that song came together in about 10 minutes.
“The beat, the groove was very fast and then we wrote the lyrics very quickly and I went in and recorded the vocals and I could feel as we were making it that this feels like something special, this is something we’ve been searching for. And that vocal take actually ended up being on the final recording because you can feel my excitement – it’s going down -it’s happening!”
The group has also had success on the big and small screens. ‘The Walker’ from their 2013 album ‘More Than Just a Dream’ was used in trailers for the movies ‘The Boxtrolls’ and ‘Storks’, and in the trailer for the video game Sims 4, as well as in TV ads for the Academy Awards
Fitz and the Tantrums have enjoyed steady critical and commercial rewards since starting in 2008.
“From the beginning we said that we’re going to create a big sound without the mainstay of rock and roll which is the guitar and can we do it? Can we build this big sound? And we did and what’s amazing is it made it really be about the groove and the beat and it created this awesome pocket to allow me and Noelle’s vocals to shine,” says Fitzpatrick.
Fitz and the Tantrums are on tour through the USA and Canada until November to promote their new, self-titled album.