Hear Fitz & the Tantrums Swap ’60s Retro for ’80s Retro on ‘Out of My League’
From the L.A. act's second LP 'More Than Just a Dream'
“There’s nothing new under the sun,” someone once said in a book somewhere, and some bands have taken that to heart. Fitz & the Tantrums, for instance, made their name dusting off ’60s soul music for a modern biggish-band clap-your-hands festival-friendly format, and they did quite well doing so. But the Los Angeles crew is restless. Not only are they hopping record labels, from local indie Dangerbird to established major player Elektra, but they’re leaping ahead a couple of decades for their forthcoming sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream, due out May 7. Yes, they’re going back to the future in an effort to shuck the “retro” tag with new song “Out of My League,” which arrives firmly embedded in the neon pink lucite of the ’80s. To be fair, there’s a bit of the old soul in there, and the vibes aren’t too far off from the electronic-rock-pop hybridists of today, but dig those drum machines!