Band encourages students to ‘lose themselves’ at show
Publication Date: November 13, 2013 - 1:49am
Updated: November 13, 2013 - 1:49am

By Anjelica Oswald

Fitz and the Tantrums will be walking to the sound of their own drums as they challenge audience members to keep up with the rhythm during Wednesday night’s concert.

The band, formed in 2008 by Michael Fitzpatrick, released its second album “More Than Just a Dream” in May and has since been on tour with Bruno Mars and has performed on a variety of talk shows.
John Wicks, drummer for Fitz and the Tantrums, said in an email that college shows usually allow for fewer inhibitions than other shows do.

“When we’re on stage, we play and dance like nobody’s watching us, with no insecurity, so hopefully, college crowds will join us in that mentality,” he said. “It feels great; you should try it.”

Traveling with a six-piece band and a crew can be difficult, but everyone gets along well, Wicks said.

“Being in such close quarters with the five other band members plus the crew can be very claustrophobic at times, but we get through it with humor and laughing,” he said. “It’s the only way to deal with being away from home and family as much as we are.”

Fitz and the Tantrums have been traveling with Capital Cities, who is co-headlining the Bright Futures Tour, since Oct. 20.
Capital Cities released their debut album “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery” in June and performed on Ellen on Oct. 1 before the start of the tour.

“The tour has been wonderful so far, and audience members can expect a fun show,” said Sebu Simonian, composer, songwriter and co-founder of Capital Cities, in an email.

“We always give it 100 percent wherever we perform,” Simonian said.

The Campus Involvement Center was unable to give the cost of the concert at press time.

The concert is sure to be an exciting show, said Samantha Caulfield, the student public relations coordinator for the Campus Involvement Center and a senior studying journalism.

“We’re really excited for the show, and we think it’s going to be a really fun one,” she said. “Both bands have a lot of great energy.”

Wicks said he hopes the show helps students escape their daily stress and provides them with an opportunity to let loose.

“I want them to escape judgment, escape stress, escape sadness, escape inhibitions, escape prejudice and just escape their own overactive heads,” he said. “(I want them to) just lose themselves in the moment.”