A couple weeks ago the manager of the band Fitz and Tantrums contacted us here at the C.O.T. asking if we would be interested in repping their upcoming show, or actually going to it. Even though I’d personally never heard them, I was totally stoked about this. This is part of our vision at the C.O.T. As part of our commitment to the progression of the Boise arts and culture scene, we not only wish to heighten awareness about our own über talented community of artists, but also alert you to acts that choose to play the beautiful City of Trees rather than skipping over it en route from Seattle to Salt Lake. We know Boise is dope, and we want to continue to see sweet acts stop here, experience the burgeoning scene, and spread the word about the C.O.T. As a result, from time to time we will post something about touring acts or entertainment that we think deserve your attention.
Fitz and the Tantrums
In a recent interview, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane lamented the lack of showmanship present in music and entertainment today. You could say the band playing the Knitting Factory Tuesday night was of the same mindset, and their commitment to reinstating showmanship in live music was made obvious.
L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums hit the stage with style and energy that would bring a tear to Seth Macfarlane’s eye. The group’s penchant for bravado, however, should not overshadow the fact that this is group of very talented musicians. Fitz (Michael Fitzpatrick) and the sultry Noelle Scaggs, belted their way through a high-energy set of soaring, Motown inspired neo-soul, backed by some seriously talented instrumentalists (especially reed-savvy James King, kudos). Even out in the alley after the show, you could still feel the buzz reverberating through the crowd. It was like a neo-soul train had just run through the Knit.
In a day and age when there are so many bands on the scene, it’s vital to make yourself standout. Even though Fitz and the Tantrums aren’t exactly my sound, after attending countless indie shows full of apathetic, beanie bobbing kids too hip to move their feet, it’s refreshing to feel the rush of an involved crowd’s energy. Likewise, it’s kind of refreshing to see people playing actual instruments…lots of instruments…played well. These are the things that make a band like Fitz and the Tantrums stand out in the crowd, and moreover, make them a show worth attending.