Fitz and the Tantrums’ sophomore album, More Than Just A Dream, picks up right where their debut left off. It’s a genuine, heartfelt record with the perfect combination of rock and soul. All the tracks stand strong on their own and as a whole tell a beautifully hopeful story, while the band’s making a name for themselves with their hip-swaying, modern-Motown sound.
These soulsters can only truly be experienced live, where their energetic sound and genuine crowd interaction reaches new heights. Frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick spoke to the Dig about touring, songwriting, and his favorite Boston memory.
How did the songwriting [and] recording process differ on your latest album?
We had a producer on our latest record and worked out of his studio, but we still wanted to keep the original magic of making a lot of the music in my living room, which is how the whole first record was done. We had grown so much as a band and had spent so much time on the road together, and really wanted to let everybody’s influences come through.
At the same time,
we wanted to adhere to the same principles—which are songwriting, songwriting, songwriting
—and that every song on the record would have to stand on its own two feet. It really had to be a great song on its own, not album filler.
What made you decide to use “Out Of My League” as your single?
When you get to be on the road and play as a musician, you get to road-test the songs, and that one sort of had this magical sort of connection. And I just love the meaning of it.
The story of it is something we all relate to, a quest for love.
It’s something we can all identify with.
You’ve been on tour a few times now; has anything crazy ever happened on the road?
We’re always working so hard that it’s difficult for us to really get that crazy sometimes. We rarely get to spend the night in a city. We’re always traveling, always going to the next city. You have to take such good care of yourself.
You see the kind of energy we bring. I have to be sleeping whenever I can.
My idea of going crazy is finding dessert after a show.
(laughs) Honestly, at the end of the night, I’m so knackered I’m just ready to sleep, and it’s one of the few ways that my voice actually heals itself for the next day. I would love to say that I’m some crazy guy who’s getting crazy out there, but I save that for on stage.
You’re coming back to Boston soon! So far, what’s been your favorite memory here?
They’ve all been great, but the second time we played there at Paradise, the crowd was so loud that when we finished playing the third song it was, like,
screams to the point where I thought my ears were bleeding.
The energy was just so insane and honestly, it’s been that way every time we come to Boston.
I remember when you stopped playing after that and you looked at the crowd and it was such a great moment as a fan to be there and be part of that.
I know. It still gives me chills telling it back to you now. It’s crazy.
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
PARADISE ROCK CLUB
967 COMM. AVE