“On days like this, do you ever say ‘Yeah, we should rethink the whole suit thing?,” KROQ’s Kat Corbett asks Fitz and the Tantrums’ frontman Michael Fitzpatrick.
“Oh yeah, every summer festival I regret that decision,” Fitzpatrick says.
With their Coachella performance set to start at 4:45PM, in the searing triple digit heat, the band decided dresses down from their normal very business-like attire. Fitz and the Tantrums could be one of the most stylish bands on the road today. “There’s air-conditioning in that vest,” jokes Noelle Scaggs about bass player Joseph Karnes, who’s wearing a vest with loosened neck tie peeking through.
“I’d like to see the Fitz and the Tantrums fashion line, between the dresses, the suits…” advises Kat.
“We’re waiting for H&M to call us,” suggests Fitzpatrick.
The band has been touring and promoting their second full-length, critically acclaimed album Picking Up The Pieces, for nearly two years. When Kat jokes that they’re one of the laziest bands on the planet, Fitzpatrick explains “We’ve actually just finished up our touring for this record cycle and now we’re held up in Silverlake just writing like demons. We’ve written about 20 songs and when we get back from Mexico City we’re going back in the studio to start working on the next record in May.”
Fitz and the Tantrums have enjoyed recent publicity from Criminal Minds, CBS’ hit crime drama. Typically, TV shows just use snippets from popular songs. But that was not the case with ‘Money Grabber,’ where producers not only used nearly the entire song, they went one step further. “It’s a music video for serial killers,” jokes Fitzpatrick. “We didn’t know. We all tuned in to watch and it was literally the opening sequence inter-cut with the serial killer and our music video playing on a TV in the house with the poor souls that got murdered. It was kind of dark and scary but exhilarating all at the same time”
Fitz and the Tantrums’ album Pickin’ Up The Pieces on Dangerbird Records is available on iTunes.
–Jay Tilles, CBS Local