Recently Los Angeles indie pop collective Fitz and the Tantrums wrapped up their co-headlining leg with St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Although it’s already been a little while since that’s been in the books, I thought I’d take a brief look back since I had the privilege of catching the tour at its Indianapolis stop.
I had only seen Fitz and the Tantrums once before three years earlier when they opened up for Young The Giant at a rainy, sparsely attended outdoor show. This time around, however, the circumstances could not have been any more different. Not only was it a gorgeous June evening at TCU Amphitheater, but the recently-built venue in downtown Indianapolis was also packed out to see both co-headliners. Devon Gilfillian kicked off the night, followed by St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and then Fitz and the Tantrums came onstage to close things out, entering to billowing smoke clouds and a bellowing beat from drummer John Wicks, just as the sun had begun to set.
The lively six-piece played over a dozen songs during their hour-plus set, touching on tunes from each of their studio albums, including their new single “Sway,” which had just released earlier that month. “Sway,” which serves as the first taste from Fitz and the Tantrums’ forthcoming fifth effort due out in September, was performed earlier on and set the precedent for a night full of fun, dancing, and yes, hand clapping. From upbeat jams like “Out of My League” and “1232456,” to tunes with more serious undertones like the mental health anthem “I Need Help!,” to even the encore staples like “HandClap” and the literal show-stopping closer “The Walker,” the Los Angeles natives had something for everyone. Of course co-vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs brought the contagious energy and infectious harmonies, but it was co-founder and multi-instrumentalist James King who really shined that evening, constantly switching back and forth from instrument to instrument, sometimes even within the same song.
All the stars aligned for Fitz and the Tantrums’ June 18th show in Indianapolis, making for the perfect summer night. And from what I’ve seen, this is what their entire tour has felt like, making it the prime return to live shows for attendees of all ages. I would imagine that the rest of their tour dates scheduled for this year will go just as smoothly, and who knows? Maybe they’ll even sneak in a few more new songs as we get closer to the release of album number five, so make sure you don’t miss out, as it’s just a couple of weeks now before they head back out on the road, next sharing the stage with Andy Grammer.
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