L.A. rock and soul stalwarts Fitz and the Tantrums have announced the impending arrival of their third album. The self-titled set, due out June 10 on Elektra Records, will feature 11 new tracks, including the super-poppy lead single, “HandClap,” which you can stream below.
Led by founder and frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz and the Tantrums burst onto the national scene in 2011 with their breakout hit, “MoneyGrabber,” from their debut album, Pickin' Up the Pieces. Featuring a throwback, soulful sound build around keyboards, sax and the exuberant vocals of Fitzpatrick and co-lead vocalist Noelle Scaggs, the band became unlikely fixtures on radio, continuing to pump out hits with their 2013 sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream, which featured the tracks “Out of My League” and “The Walker.”
“HandClap” picks up where more modern-sounding tracks like “The Walker” left off, giving the Tantrums' R&B rhythms and soulful vocals a glossy pop sheen. The track was produced by Ricky Reed of electro-pop group Wallpaper; most of the rest of the new album features production work by Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Foster the People).
Fitz and the Tantrums have booked a three-month summer tour that currently includes no L.A. dates. Our money is on them playing FYF, but we'll have to wait and see. Full tour dates and a link to pre-order the new album are available here.