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5 Questions for … Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums

The six-piece, Los Angeles-based Fitz and the Tantrums released their second album, ‘More Than Just a Dream,’ last year. Like 2010′s breakout debut, ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces,’ it’s filled with retro-soul sounds that would have fit snugly in place during the late ’60s and early ’70s. But this time they add other influences to their mix, including some ’80s and indie-rock artists. “So much of it comes from the ’60s Motown/Stax era of soul music,” frontman Michael Fitzpatrick tells us. “But [we’re also fans of ’80s artists like Prince.” Fitzpatrick took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions.

What’s your gripe with using guitars in your music?
I just always see it in a live set up, and we thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if we could pull off a band without them.

You’ve toured with Flogging Molly and opened for the Specials. Is their love for the punk and ska communities?
Both scenes were so welcoming to us when we played with them. They all showed up before doors opened and had amazing energy. They are true music lovers.

Were you a ‘Gossip Girl’ fan before you met your girlfriend, who’s on the show?
I knew the show was a big deal, but I had never seen it before I met Kaylee [DeFer]. Now I’m hooked!

What’s the one album we’d be surprised to find in your music collection?
Rihanna’s last record. Love her!

What’s your favorite tour story?
The only ones I have are illegal. Top secret!

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