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Fitz and the Tantrums Discuss 'More Than Just A Dream'
By Ebonie Smith

More Than Just A Dream is the latest album by superband Fitz and the Tantrums. The album is a complete barrel of energy meshed with lushy pop melodies. Check out this exclusive discussion about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.

"Out of My League"

"Out of My League" …is one of those really good…kind of upbeat love songs. When we were writing this record, I [Noelle] kind of had it in my mind that I really wanted us to do something different…And we didn't really want to limit ourselves.

"Break the Walls"

It's a song that I think can be taken in so many different ways. And for me [Fitz] it was always a song about pushing through adversity and personal demons and getting through to the other side.

"The Walker"

It's a song that just makes you want to dance instantly… We couldn't figure out what we wanted the song to be about. It started off being a dance party, you know, kind of song and turned like slightly lovetorn type deal.

"Spark"

…This song is very personal about: "We're here and we're here to stay." We're planting our flag in the ground and we're saying…"Fitz and the Tantrums. If you don't know about us yet, we're not going anywhere."

"6am"

It was actually one of the songs that kind of stemmed from our touring together for almost like two or three years…and really having to come up with new material and trying new things while we were on the road. "6am" was actually a product of that happening.

"Fools Gold"

I [Fitz] went into the vocal booth to sort of do this improvisation just to work on melodies and stuff. And I just sang this line, "So maybe I wasn't good enough." And that just sort of kicked off the tone for the whole lyrical direction of the song.

"Keepin Our Eyes Out"

This was a song that felt like it was an important bridge song for us from the first record to this record. You know, I [Fitz] had sort of cut up this just bombastic hip hop beat and played this little piano part over it…The way I like to work on ideas is I go and I just improvise melody. And I just make up nonsensical words...

"Last Rain Drop"

We were having a really hard time about where we wanted to go lyrically for the song and melodically…I [Noelle] remember going through my lyric book, and I found this poem that I actually wrote in Indiana during one of our gigs…That song is a really super personal kind of like heartbreak song.

"House On Fire"

To me [Fitz] this is definitely the darkest cut on the record…This thing just slays from the first time you hear it. And we just sort of came up with this concept of like finding your lover cheating on you and what goes down after that.

"The End"

…I [Noelle] had no idea it would become the song that it did. It's very anthemic…I really feel like it has an amazing kind of singalong chorus and this kind of stake in the ground…

"Get Away"

This is a song that's just so cinematic. I think Jeremy and Joe had started the original idea and came up with this cool track. As we were sitting there writing it, it was just begging for this visual sort of world to be created.

"MerryGoRound"

This is a really emotional song for me to actually even listen to to this day. You know, we've spent so much of our lives the last three years being on the road, being these traveling musical nomads. It's so much fun getting to do what we do, but at the same time, we never see home. We never see our family or friends, our loved ones. Every 18 hours you're in a different city...

Check out the full commentary below!

 

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on May 7, 2013 - 12:00am

More Than Just A Dream is the latest album by superband Fitz and the Tantrums. The album is a complete barrel of energy meshed with lushy pop melodies. Check out this exclusive discussion about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.

"Out of My League"

"Out of My League" …is one of those really good…kind of upbeat love songs. When we were writing this record, I [Noelle] kind of had it in my mind that I really wanted us to do something different…And we didn't really want to limit ourselves.

"Break the Walls"

It's a song that I think can be taken in so many different ways. And for me [Fitz] it was always a song about pushing through adversity and personal demons and getting through to the other side.

"The Walker"

It's a song that just makes you want to dance instantly… We couldn't figure out what we wanted the song to be about. It started off being a dance party, you know, kind of song and turned like slightly lovetorn type deal.

"Spark"

…This song is very personal about: "We're here and we're here to stay." We're planting our flag in the ground and we're saying…"Fitz and the Tantrums. If you don't know about us yet, we're not going anywhere."

"6am"

It was actually one of the songs that kind of stemmed from our touring together for almost like two or three years…and really having to come up with new material and trying new things while we were on the road. "6am" was actually a product of that happening.

"Fools Gold"

I [Fitz] went into the vocal booth to sort of do this improvisation just to work on melodies and stuff. And I just sang this line, "So maybe I wasn't good enough." And that just sort of kicked off the tone for the whole lyrical direction of the song.

"Keepin Our Eyes Out"

This was a song that felt like it was an important bridge song for us from the first record to this record. You know, I [Fitz] had sort of cut up this just bombastic hip hop beat and played this little piano part over it…The way I like to work on ideas is I go and I just improvise melody. And I just make up nonsensical words...

"Last Rain Drop"

We were having a really hard time about where we wanted to go lyrically for the song and melodically…I [Noelle] remember going through my lyric book, and I found this poem that I actually wrote in Indiana during one of our gigs…That song is a really super personal kind of like heartbreak song.

"House On Fire"

To me [Fitz] this is definitely the darkest cut on the record…This thing just slays from the first time you hear it. And we just sort of came up with this concept of like finding your lover cheating on you and what goes down after that.

"The End"

…I [Noelle] had no idea it would become the song that it did. It's very anthemic…I really feel like it has an amazing kind of singalong chorus and this kind of stake in the ground…

"Get Away"

This is a song that's just so cinematic. I think Jeremy and Joe had started the original idea and came up with this cool track. As we were sitting there writing it, it was just begging for this visual sort of world to be created.

"MerryGoRound"

This is a really emotional song for me to actually even listen to to this day. You know, we've spent so much of our lives the last three years being on the road, being these traveling musical nomads. It's so much fun getting to do what we do, but at the same time, we never see home. We never see our family or friends, our loved ones. Every 18 hours you're in a different city...

Check out the full commentary below!

 

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