Showcasing their brand new self-titled record, L.A. band Fitz and the Tantrums ignited a straight up dance party when they stopped by the Danforth Music Hall this past Saturday for their Get Right Back tour.
Opening were fellow Californians Finish Ticket, a brawny and energetic indie rock group similar to Young the Giant. Frontman Brendan Hoye had a seemingly endless well of energy to draw from as he ripped through songs like “Wrong” and “Color”. The band also performed a faithful rendition of The Killers‘ classic “When You Were Young”, to the crowd’s delight.
After a bit of a delay, Fitz and the Tantrums brought their unique brand of neo-soul/indie-pop fusion to the stage with an extravagant light show not commonly seen at the Danforth. Michael Fitzpatrick (the titular Fitz) wasted no time getting right into an upbeat groove from the new record. He and his co-singer Noelle Scaggs traded off vocals like tennis pros, with one of them dancing up a storm while the other had mic duties.
The mix between new and old material was fairly balanced and it’s interesting to see how the band’s developed their sound over the years. The older songs are very much indebted to Motown and soul records from the 70’s, to the point where they sound like long-lost classics from that era. The newer songs, while melodically similar, have a definitively modern edge to the production.
Saxophonist James King had several moments in the spotlight, serving up searing solos during extended jam sessions and breakdowns. Not to mention of course, the platinum hook from current single “Handclap” now burrowed in everyone’s minds for the rest of the summer.
The band concluded their set with a floor-shaking rendition of “The Walker”, another earworm of a single from a few years back. They thanked the crowd profusely for their support and promised to be back soon- presumably with another handful of inescapable singles that you just can’t stop humming/whistling.