More often than not, the many artists that make up the vast spectrum of music might occasionally change or otherwise experiment with a different sound. Whether it’s slower music instead of upbeat, a change in the content of the lyrics or using different instruments entirely. Countless artists, from The Beatles to the many hair metal bands of the 1980’s and even Taylor Swift, have all experimented with different songs. Some die-hard T Swift fans would even say that she changed drastically from country to pop.


A sound change and type of music is almost inevitable to some bands and it will happen. But the true fans, the ones that must see said band during every tour when in their city and listen to all their albums religiously, will enjoy their new sound equally as much as the original sound. I’m proud to say that for one band that has in fact changed their sound and lyrical content heavily, I’m still a fan regardless.


(Fitz and the Tantrums)

Fitz & The Tantrums, an almost soul-based rock band from Los Angeles, consists of two of the most talented performers currently in music. Micheal Fitzpatrick, Fitz for short, and Noelle Scaggs have amazing chemistry on stage and in their music, with Scaggs providing supporting vocals and occasionally being the primary voice in their music.


When I describe them as soulful, one would have to listen to their debut album, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”. Even by the name alone, one could tell there is going to be a soul or maybe blues-like vibe from Fitz & The Tantrums. Fitz sings of a woman being a “Moneygrabber” and even a song called “Dear Mr. President”. Many musical critics described the album as “classic-era Motown, and the East Coast and Chicago styles that informed Northern soul.”


However, with their new single, “Fool”, a change in the themes of their lyrics and the differences in their sound are evident. Instead of the soul and blues-like vibe that the debut album has, they’ve changed to more of a pop and almost hip hop-like vibe, almost similar to what one would hear whenever turning on the local Top 40 station. The song is a play on the classic phrase, “Momma didn’t raise no fool” while very, very pop-like instrumentals play in the background as Scaggs provides noticeably less soul-sounding backup vocals.


Still, their sound is awesome. Speaking solely as a person with no investment towards the band other than being a fan, I can get behind their change in sound. With their third and self-titled album being released in June 2016, a sound change was inevitable. Yet, I enjoy both their old music along with their more current and pop-based songs and material.


And yes, they’re awesome live.


Are you a Fitz &The Tantrums fan? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I love talking about them!