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May 10, 2012 / jhsaeger

Fitz and the Tantrums Release EP, Hit Recording Studio for New Album

   On Tuesday evening soul band Fitz and the Tantrums announced their intentions to start recording the follow-up to their amazing debut record Pickin’ Up The Pieces this week in Los Angeles. The band also recently made an EP available as a free download from their website.
       The band stated that they have written over 30 songs to be used as material for the new record and tapped producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Silversun Pickups, The Fratellis’ Costello Music) to helm the album. Snippets of the potential new material have leaked into the band’s set lists over the last few months in the form of songs with the working titles of “6 A.M.” and “She’s Out Of My League.” These small glimpses into their future indicate that their sophomore full-length record will expand on the sound and style of Pickin’ Up The Pieces.
        The five-track EP includes four cuts from the band’s 2011 show in Beantown: “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “L.O.V.,” “Rich Girls,” and “Moneygrabber,” as well as a remix of “Breakin’ the Chains of Love.” The live cuts showcase the band’s energy, including some very slick keyboard work from Jeremy Ruzumna, whose funky jam on “Rich Girls” is one of the highlights of the EP. “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” (Karate World Remix) was spun by drummer John Wicks who gave the song a very different, yet enjoyable, feel that culminates in a thumping bass line around the 4:00 mark of the track.
       I love this band and I love that people have given them a chance to grow over the last couple years. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new record, as I’ve listened to Pickin’ Up The Pieces a thousand times and will never grow tired of one of the most exciting young bands out there. 

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