It began with an old electric organ. Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick picked it up on a whim, and in a fervor that evening, he wrote "Breakin' the Chains of Love." With a few phone calls, he had saxophonist James King, singer Noelle Scaggs, drummer John Wicks, bassist Joseph Karnes and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna all on board. Fitz had his Tantrums.
The quartet band makes up a throwback funk ensemble a la James Brown's old crew, paired with the soulful crooning of its two singers, Scaggs and Fitzpatrick.
"Breakin' the Chains of Love" became the band's first hit single. From its humble Los Angeles debut through its meteoric rise, Fitz and the Tantrums has played with Maroon 5, at Lollapalooza, on myriad late-night talk shows and now on its own national tour.