More precious than “Fool’s Gold”

Ashley Winward

Fitz and the Tantrums have slowly but steadily been making their way into the hearts of many since 2010 when their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces was released and “Moneygrabber” reached number two on the Billboard Adult Alternative charts.

Fitz and the Tantrums (Photo obtained via Facebook)
Fitz and the Tantrums (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Their new sound with a bit of old school flair often groups them with artists such as Walk the Moon, Neon Trees and A Silent Film.

Nearing the end of an album cycle, Fitz and the gang show no signs of slowing down, with a huge US headlining tour featuring Big Data currently making its way through the Northeast. I got the chance to catch up with Keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna for a quick interview to discuss the new single, being out on the road and what has been out of their league.

In recent news, the band put out a video for their recent single, “Fool’s Gold,” that features the freefall that is the end of a relationship. Jeremy explained it as “the fact that even if you love somebody and you’re both trying, sometimes it’s just not the right situation and it’s a real heartbreak.”

The video very artfully brought this idea to life in a very unconventional way for the video. “Let’s just say bring some Kleenex when you watch…I saw the final cut of the video and even I got a little emotional!” he warned.

We also talked about the fast growing popularity of their music, “The Walker” in particular. When asked where the weirdest place he’s heard any of their music, he answered “I think the last few times was in an Uber (Taxi Cab) and the guy would have the radio on or his own personal playlist and The Walker would come on. Also the frozen food section in the grocery store at three in the morning, that’s happened.”

While some are eager for a new album, seeing as they are a year into this album cycle, it might not be for a while. “If you end up with a hit song you could be on the road for quite a long time so we don’t know yet. It depends, we could put out another single or we could go right into the studio,” he said.

“We’ve been very fortunate and lucky with this record but by all indications we could be on the road quite a bit longer with this album. I just see myself trying to survive in the future.”
Check out Fitz and the Tantrum’s most recent album More Than Just a Dream available on itunes and most major CD suppliers.

You can also check them out on Facebook and on twitter @FitzAndTantrums. They’re a staple on my iPod and will be on yours soon! You can check out the full interview at