Fitz And The Tantrums team up with FIAT in a grand tour of LA, starting with their first residency.
Frontman Fitz and co-lead singer Noelle Scaggs of Los Angeles six-piece Fitz And The Tantrums explore their beginnings in a citywide tour of their hometown from the comfort of a brand new FIAT 500L. It's a moment of nostalgia for the pair, who haven't had much chance for retrospect lately.
Noelle (third from left) and Fitz (centre) return to their roots
'This is where it all began for Fitz and the Tantrums', Fitz announces, as they pull up outside music nightspot The Satellite where the band enjoyed more than a little local support. 'If you're a band in LA this is kind of where you make your name and you cut your teeth. We ended up doing a residency where we played every Monday night for a whole month. The first night it was almost sold out, the next week it was sold out and every week after that.'
Watch Fitz and the Tantrums on their FIAT tour of LA:
FATT also got a chance to experience again the glorious views of Silver Lake Reservoir on their FIAT trip. Unsurprisingly, Silver Lake has always been a particularly influential place for the band. It was the very neighbourhood where Fitz, who had formed the band in 2008, recorded their debut EP 'Songs From A Breakup, Vol. 1' which was soon followed by their Billboard's Heatseekers chart number one album 'Pickin' Up The Pieces' in 2010. Incidentally, the Reservoir was also the location described in their catchy 2014 Oscar song 'The Walker', about an eccentric Silver Lake fixture who would power-walk topless around the reservoir everyday.
'Their other must-visit destinations of LA included Fitz's favourite 'high end' coffee shop Lamill Coffee and the Baxter Stairs in Echo Park where they tucked into some well deserved tacos. They also got a chance to re-visit the 'coolest' record store in LA, Origami Music. 'This is also a record store that's been very supportive of our band', Noelle admits, as Fitz discovers a vinyl of theirs on cue. Musing over their return to their roots, Fitz admits: 'It's a crazy lifestyle to be in a different city everyday.'
Fitz and the Tantrums hit the road in November 2014
Things aren't about to get any less crazy for FATT either, as they embark on a full month of touring the US in November 2014 alongside duo Big Data with an appearance on 'Good Morning America' on November 21st. Plus, that will be followed by some further dates in December including the Long Beach New Year's Eve Celebration in California and a show with Neon Trees. Full tour dates are below.
Fitz and the Tantrums have also just released their latest single 'Fools Gold', from their most recent album 'More Than Just A Dream' out now on Elektra Records.
Nov 3 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom *
Nov 4 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room *
Nov 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium *
Nov 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
Nov 8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
Nov 9 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theater *
Nov 11 - Westbury, NY @ The Space At Westbury *
Nov 12 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
Nov 14 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale Theatre *
Nov 15 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
Nov 16 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
Nov 18 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit *
Nov 19 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Indoor Pavilion *
Nov 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue * (SOLD OUT)
Nov 22 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
Nov 23 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
Dec 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom - WLUM Radio Big Snow Show
Dec 5 - Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center - 93.3 Not So Silent Night
Dec 9 - Portland, OR @ 94.7FM A December To Remember
Dec 10 - Sacramento, CA @ Radio 94.7 Electric Christmas 2.0
Dec 18 - Buffalo, NY @ Kerfuffle Before Christmas w/ Neon Trees
Dec 31 - Long Beach, CA @ Downtown Long Beach New Year's Eve Celebration
* w/ Big Data