Fitz and the Tantrums bring back soul infused sound to Pittsburgh’s Stage AE

Review and photos: Dawn Morris

Only 8 years into their career, LA based indie band Fitz and the Tantrums released their 3rd  (and) self titled album. Promoting the album was the Get Right Back tour, which landed Thursday, at Stage AE.

The surprisingly young crowd was crazy enthusiastic. The weather was not. Toward the end of opener Zella Day’s set the skies opened up and the wind reached 40mph.

Queue stampede indoors. Everyone watched on the monitors as a few lonely souls saved their place up front while covered in garbage bags.

It was well after 9 by the time the band took the stage.

The show was predictable. When entering the scene there was a glimmer of hope that Fitz and the Tantrums would bring back soul infused sound with a dash of 80’s pop. Now the songs seem to run together, virtually indistinguishable.

On the upside they are high energy and have a faithful following.  The fans were happily dancing along in their soggy shoes.

Noelle Scaggs was smoking hot in outfit and in vocals. She is high energy. If a band has a pulse, she would be the heartbeat.

Michael Fitzpatrick was either off his game or not pleased to be singing in the rain.

When the band broke in 2010 they were super fun, a little campy, and an easy listen. Now they are a little underwhelming. Perhaps, in Pittsburgh, they were just under the weather.

All photos copyright © 2016 Dawn Morris