On May 7th, Fit and the Tantrums will make their Elektra Records debut with More Than Just a Dream, the followup to their door-busting 2010 debut, Pickin Up the Pieces.
Bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick told RollingStone.com that the neo-soul outfit “wanted to show people that this band was more than a ‘retro band.’ We’d all gotten a little bit tired of that one moniker that kept getting applied to us.” He added that while their debut album clearly had Motown and retro-soul influences, “there was just as much Eighties influence, indie-rock influence, new-wave and hip-hop all mixed in. That first record was that kind of hybrid, and on this record, we just wanted to push it even more forward and take even more chances, and it just required a lot of experimentation.”
That experimentation led to 40 demos recorded in a 30-day period, with input from each of the six members of the band. Producer Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, Depeche Mode) then helped whittle down the tracklist to 12 songs and guide Fitz and his Tantrums in new directions. Album tracks include “Out of My League”, in which “the Eighties influence has kind of come to the foreground, and the Sixties soul is kind of layered behind that,” and “The Walker”, which reminds Fitzpatrick of the Beastie Boy’s Licensed to Ill.
Fitz and the Tantrums will likely sample some of More Than Just a Dream when they perform at South by Southwest in March.