Let Your Soul Glow

May 26th, 2010

Michael Fitzpatrick got schooled in Stax and Motown at a young age. So it’s no surprise that when he went to record his first EP that it would be filled with soul-influenced pop. Wanting to add brass to his sound, he reached out to a horn-playing friend, James King. They worked on the songs together and things moved quickly form there. “I had a keyboard player in mind,” said Fitzpatrick. “He had a backup singer he wanted to use. Five phone calls between the two of us,” and Fitz & the Tantrums (above, playing “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”) were born. That EP, Songs for a Break Up, came out last year. And with a little bit of luck—Adam Levine heard the disc in an NYC tattoo shop—the band was soon on the road with Maroon 5. They’ve since toured with others, and now they’re coming to Mercury Lounge on Friday, which means you can get your three-day weekend started with a little bit of neo soul.