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Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities brought vivacious sounds to Amos’
Gibson Bailey | November 8, 2013

This past Wednesday night Amos’ Southend featured the two indie pop bands Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities, with an opening from the up-and-coming group Beat Club. All three Los Angeles based bands brewed an eruption of up beat and eccentric tones that could cure anyone’s craving for a rich performance.

Beat Club warmed the crowd with heavy focus on quick tempo provided by the track Something Better. The four-member group executed their opening so well I thought it might even be a challenge for Fitz and Cities to top. While escalating to a thrashing ending, Jon Pancoast, the bassist, was seen with a drumstick slamming on the snare. While that may not have even been his place, the band was creating an eventful scene all the while having fun.

With the bar set high, Capital Cities joined the spotlight sporting matching black and white varsity-esque jackets. Kicking off with “Kangaroo Court,” pulsating synths invaded everyone’s ears and especially gave notice to Spencer Ludwig, a talented young trumpeter, with a prominent embouchure who managed to add that shot of energy to the scene. Keeping the crowd active, Sebu Simonian (vocals and keys) had everyone participate in the “Capital Cities Shuffle,” which involved a quick two-step, a clap here and there, and a spin. All of which was a bit jumbled- but amusing- to say the least.

The 1978 classic, “Stayin’ Alive” was covered with a Cities’ techno spin. “Farrah Fawcett Hair” and “I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo” were two tracks that were distinguished amongst others, but Safe and Sound finally made its appearance as the ‘saved best for last’ song. It was performed with enthusiasm like no other, but then smoothly digressed into an enigmatic techno remix. Capital Cities left a lasting impression with jackets spinning above heads, sweat towels being thrown and a throbbing crowd jumping to every bass thump.

The septet Fitz and The Tantrums took over the venue to finish it off with a whaling bari sax and a woman with enough sex appeal and confidence to make a man drop dead. Noelle Scaggs is obviously a leader of the group, making herself known with a skin caressing black skirt while wielding a tambourine and mic. She has absolutely no problem with leaning into the crowd and making her presence known. Michael Fitzpatrick, lead vocalist, seemed a bit stuck in place rendering him somewhat emotionless. Lucky for him “Out of My League” added sureness to the retro blend that the show would continue to give out a heavy dosage of saxophone and electric vibes. Closing out the show with “MoneyGrabber,” Fitz and The Tantrums proved to give a prime performance. For the halfway point, the trio put on a unique show in Charlotte, but there’s still room to improve and plenty of time to do so.