Fitz & The Tantrums brought their brand of neo soul to a sold out crowd at Terminal 5. The LA based band has really blown up since the first time I saw them at Bowery Ballroom back in 2011.
Brooklyn’s Big Data started out the night. The lights went down and a recorded voice came over the P.A. The recording was a spoof on the one you hear before a movie advising people to silence their devices. This announcement asked everyone to take out their devices, turn them on, take pictures, send text messages to your friends, etc. Their set fused the use of electronics and live musical instruments. Among songs such as “Big Dater”, and “Bombs Over Brooklyn”, they covered Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” before finishing up with their hit “Dangerous”.
The crowd really filled in by the time Fitz and The Tantrums were ready to take the stage. Michael Fitzpatrick, aka Fitz, and his Tantrums have been getting bigger and bigger every time I see them. They have only two studio albums, but their songs appear everywhere. They’ve been used in loads of TV shows and commercials. They played all these songs, such as “Don’t Gotta Work It Out”, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, “Out of My League” and “6AM”, as well as a cover of The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams”. They finished the night with an encore of their two most popular hits from each album respectively; “MoneyGrabber” and “The Walker”.
Article by: Mike DiGiovanni