Fitz & The Tantrums

Fitz & The Tantrums // Live @ The Greensboro Coliseum - Piedmont Hall // 02.12.20

Michael Fitzpatrick - Fitz & The Tantrums

To make some noise about their newest album, All The Feels, Fitz & The Tantrums embarked on a winter tour slam packed with dates across the country (and even a couple of shows in Canada). Signed with Elektra Records, one of their most notable songs is “HandClap”, which I have completely overdosed on with the multitude of TikTok renditions. On their way across the country, I was lucky to catch their only North Carolina performance which gave me a whole new appreciation for this talented group.

Named after the lead vocalist (Michael Fitzpatrick), Fitz & The Tantrums were formed in 2008 with a quick rise to acclaimed recognition in just a couple of short years with their debut studio album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces. The multi-platinum selling pop group is unique in so many ways, but one of which that stands out to me is the lack of turnover. The only change over the years was Joseph Karnes joining the team after Ethan Phillips spent a couple of years before embarking on a different journey. It’s rare for a so many talented people to stay together for long periods of time and the fact that they have really says a lot about the heart and soul involved in their musical endeavors.

Twin XL

...smooth vocals come together with the retro vibe of bass and guitar to bring out a memorable anti-pop experience.

On tour with Fitz & The Tantrums is Twin XL. I’ll be honest when I say I had not heard of these guys before and when I started researching them before the show, it was quite obvious that most of my results came back to mattress stores and bedding sets. However, the trio was a pleasant surprise to start the night out with. These talented guys had an impressive background separately but soared to whole new heights after a chance meeting at a house party in 2017 that brought them together. Cameron Walker-Wright’s smooth vocals come together with the retro vibe of bass and guitar to bring out a memorable anti-pop experience. The young talent in this trio has been proven with their music being featured in multiple commercials, trailers, movies, and television shows. (Including one of my favorite binge-watching shows, ABC’s Lucifer).

Brennan Benko - Twin XL

Fitz & The Tantrums

...screamed their anticipation and appreciation when the band started their way out onto the stage...

The transition to Fitz & The Tantrums was tangible. While the crowd was coming down from their audible high with Twin XL, they immediately screamed their anticipation and appreciation when the band started their way out onto the stage. Watching their music videos, you know these guys have great vision and stories behind their lyrics. Seeing them perform live, you grasp a whole new appreciation for the passion and energy they bring to the stage. You can tell that every one of the members are living their dream and the excitement is contagious.

Not only do they have such an eclectic pop sound full of energy and fun, but the light show they bring with them is a whole separate form of entertainment. The vibe in the venue was full of laughter and genuine love for the music, with Fitz and The Tantrums showing their sincere appreciation for their fans.

Fitz & The Tantrum