Lyrics from MoneyGrabberFitz & the Tantrums are a six-piece indie-pop/neo-soul band from Los Angeles, California. The group's genesis came about in 2008 after Michael Fitzpatrick, founder and lead vocalist, wrote "Breakin' the Chains of Love" on a used vintage Conn organ he found at a garage sale. From there, he recruited Noelle Scaggs (vocals), John Wicks (drums), James King (saxophone, flute), Joseph Karnes (bass) and Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards). Their producer Chris Seefried also works as a cowriter for the group. Pairing vintage soul sensibilities (à la Motown and Stax Records back-up bands) along with modern indie-pop, the group have garnered equal attention from soul, ska and indie scenes alike. With bright piano and xylophone sounds rhythmically driving forward, typical Fitz songs put Fitzpatrick's indie croon and Scaggs's soulful backups at the forefront while deep horns fill in the gaps. The production quality, both warm and big via reverb and layering, borrows heavily from Phil Spector's famous "Wall of Sound." After releasing their first EP in 2009 Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1, the group toured the US with underground mainstays Hepcat and Flogging Molly - later getting their "break" in the form of touring with Maroon 5. In 2010, they opened for legendary British 2-tone group The Specials during their US tour. Signing to Dangerbird Records, the group released their debut LP Pickin' Up the Pieces in 2010. Proving they are more than an opening act, the LP soared to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, while Rolling Stone deemed them a "band to watch" in 2010.