Fitz and the Tantrums at First Avenue
While “Handclap” may still be Fitz and the Tantrum’s most famous single, the 2016 hit has some competition with 123456. Rolling Stone interviewed the lead singer about both songs in “Inside Fitz and the Tantrums’ New Single ‘123456’” (Angie Martoccio):
“Was the pressure of topping ‘Handclap’ weighing on you?
Fitz: A hundred percent. What I learned is you really gotta do your best to put all that aside because if that’s ever in your consciousness, it robs you of the moment of letting a song have a life and have oxygen in the room. I wasn’t trying to write “Handclap” when we wrote ‘Handclap.’ And that was coming off of two number ones on the record before that on alternative radio. An hour into writing the song, Tommy, K.Flay and I were like, ‘I don’t know what this is. It’s fun, it’s energetic, it’s kind of untraditional in the way that the chorus is, but who gives a shit. It feels good, and that’s what matters.’
“How long did it take to write ‘123456’?
Fitz: Maybe an hour. That thing that you’re always searching for…I’m lucky if I get it one time every record, and the other songs you kind of have to bleed for. The music gods always kind of give it to you once, but you gotta work at it. I love alternative music, I love pop music, I love a song that gets stuck in your head from one listen. But at the same time I wanted to really push for this album to have more truth and honesty to it. There’s a lot of factors of trying to land a spaceship on a little landing dock on a moving star.”
You can see Fitz and the Tantrums Saturday, June 15 at the First Avenue Mainroom. Tickets are $45. Save t9ime and money by parking in the Park and Shop ramps a short walk away. They only charge $6 for parking after 4pm.