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Fitz and the Tantrums are back with 'More Than Just A Dream'

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Los Angeles-based sextet Fitz and the Tantrums was born in 2008 out of the depths of post-breakup despair of lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick.

"I think for all musicians, when you're making music it's a cathartic thing. It's an expression of yourself, you're not really doing it for other people," said Fitzpatrick. "For me it was a moment of being heartbroken and devastated and just writing some songs to try and heal and get out of the funk that I was in."

However, in the band's latest effort, their second album "More Than Just A Dream," despair seems to be left out of the equation. 

"The first record was kind of exclusively about heartbreak and anger over lost love," said Fitzpatrick.  "On this record there are still songs about love and relationships, but you also have to write about what you know and what you're living to have it be truthful and authentic."

Singer Noelle King says the chemistry between her and Fitzpatrick became palpable while they were touring for their debut effort, "Pickin' Up The Pieces." This time around, producer Tom Hoffer put the pair inside the studio together to capture the energy they dispel on stage on tape.  The song "6 a.m." was recorded this way: 

"[Our producer] put us in the booth together to actually sing the duet looking at each other," said King. "The first take was basically money on the fact that we had these riffs we were doing off one another very naturally, in the same way we do the live show. I've got to say "6 a.m." is probably one of my favorite songs that we recorded during this time." 

The band, known for their tireless work ethic, has become a group of musical nomads, touring constantly, never staying in one place for too long. This time away from friends and family inspired the song "Merry Go Round," in which Fitzpatrick ruminates on the often disorienting feeling of constantly being on the move:

"One of the experiences over these past three years is we've been musical nomads, we're never in a city for more than 18 hours a day and it's very confusing sometimes," said Fitzpatrick. "Merry Go Round is a song that I cannot actually listen to because it puts me in such an emotional place. There's a lyric about being in a room where you don't know where you are and you can't even remember your own name. You're confused by the whirlwind you're in. It's not to say you're not grateful for this amazing experience in life, but it comes sometimes at a price."