Fitz and the Tantrums’ self-titled third album drops in June, and earlier this spring, we were given a teaser via the jittery candy-coated single “HandClap.” While the bouncy song certainly perked up the pop music airwaves, it’s truly special to frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, who says “HandClap” pulled the band out of creative doldrums.
“The moment of creating “HandClap” was transformative,” says Fitzpatrick — or as we know him, Fitz. “Up until then I was struggling to find inspiration. I was frustrated, feeling off center. That song was an exciting and healing moment for me.”
Given the band’s effervescent music, this revelation might come as a surprise. But behind the fun veneer is a lot of hard work: “These 11 songs come from the failure of about 80 others,” Fitzpatrick admits. “When we started the record I took a long look at what was going on with me. I asked myself, where are you right now? What is going on right now? I had to reconnect with myself after all the crazy touring. I don’t look for a theme; I look for truth. That’s what makes it our most emotional album ever.”