Fitz and the Tantrums, Mercury Lounge [5/28/10]

Posted on: June 2nd, 2010 at 6:18 am by

Fitz and the Tantrums killed it Friday night at Mercury Lounge. Despite being the late show on the first day of a holiday weekend, the space was at capacity, elbow to elbow. Boasting an arsenal of top-notch tracks, professional acumen, and incredible stage presence, the six-piece band – Michael Fitzpatrick (lead vox), Noelle Scaggs (vox), John Wicks (drums), James King (sax, flute), Ethan Phillips (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keys) – sustained a feel-good vibe for its entire 50-minute set.  It was a sweat-inducing event from the get-go.

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The sextet hooked the crowd early by opening with a sped-up version of “Breakin’ the Chains of Love,” before seguing into “Winds of Change” and “We Don’t Gotta Work it Out,” all of which are included on their critically-acclaimed EP Songs for a Breakup Vol. 1.

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Thanks to the calculated stage tricks and hype tactics of Ms. Scaggs, the electric furvor of their neo-soul gained momentum with the passage of each song, climaxing at show’s end.  Indeed, hearing “Money Grabber” as the penultimate closer was definitely the highlight.  During the break, Fitz and company had the entire audience crouched in place for a few measures before unleashing into a frenzy during the infectious chorus.

Fitz and the Tantrums is signed to Dangerbird Records, and is currently touring stateside.  Their debut album is slated to drop in August, so the free EP download must suffice until then.

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