Fitz and The Tantrums with COIN
The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA – 6/22
Review and Pictures: Tara Lakatos
Fitz and the Tantrums performed at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on June 22, 2019. They brought along with them an amazing band; COIN, out of Nashville, TN. This was one of the most fun, entertaining and refreshing shows that I have been to in quite some time. The bands were fantastic, upbeat and energetic. The crowd reveled in every moment of the show.
COIN consists of Chase Lawrence (vocals), Joe Memmel (guitar), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Matt Martin (touring bassist). I cannot say enough good things about this band. When these guys hit the stage you would have thought it was the 1960’s and the Beatles had just walked out. There was a huge female presence in the front few rows of the venue and they absolutely lost their minds. They sang, they danced, and they cried. The pure emotion that COIN brought out in their fans was a sight to see.
COIN opened the show with their 2018 single, “Growing Pains”. This song is filled with pop dance beats, a falsetto driven chorus and a bit of funk. It was the perfect song to open their show and it set the tone for the rest of their evening. Mid set they played “Crash My Car” which was a little slower pace and had more synth.
They closed out their set with “Talk Too Much” from their 2017 release “How Will You Know If You Never Try”. This track had more pronounced guitar riffs, a rock back beat and like the others, was a very danceable tune. I was very impressed with COIN. They really came with their A game, and brought the audience a great show. They have unique sound and quite the following. I believe that these guys will be around for quite some time to come.
Fitz and The Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums consists of Fitz (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals), James King (sax, keys). Joe Karnas (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keys) and John Wicks (drums). They had a very large stage setup so there was quite a long intermission between COIN ending and them starting. When the stage setup takes over 30 minutes, I tend to lose some of the energy that is carried over from the previous set, but when Fitz and the Tantrums finally hit the stage; the energy came rushing back. They opened their set with “Get Right Back” from their 2016 self-titled release. This song has a bouncy and infectious groove, the crowd danced and sang along in approval. A few songs in they hit “Out of My League”. This song was a super fun one, the drum beat alone was enough to make this track a winner.
Fitz and Noelle play so well off of each other, it’s not always a given that co-vocalists are always cohesive. Whether they were on opposite ends of the stage or dancing with each other, their chemistry was undeniable.
Fitz and the Tantrums performed several tracks off of their forthcoming album, “All the Feels”, and first up was “123456”. I love the message in this song, it’s all about hitting the lows and coming out on the other end. This track is great for anyone that’s going through a difficult time, it’s quite uplifting and hopeful. The next new track was “I Need Help”, this song has a catchy hook and a killer bass line that screams dance with me. The last new tune they played was “All the Feels”, this song was a little slower than the others but that’s what made it great. The harmonies were able to stand out and you could feel the emotion of the song. If these three early tracks are any indication of the rest of the album we are in for a real treat. This album will be filled with personal anthems that I think will touch a lot of souls.
Fitz and the Tantrums waited until the encore to pull out my favorite track, “Handclap”. This song was so fun to hear live. There was so much energy from the entire band, it was totally soaked up by the crowd. Nothing like a few thousand people one hand clapping while holding a drink. This concert was so incredible from start to finish. COIN was an outstanding opener and Fitz and the Tantrums were on fire. I would love to see them both again very soon.
Fitz and the Tantrums have tour dates scheduled across the US through August, but I am sure with the new album set to arrive in September there will be a lot more shows added in the near future. If you want a fun night out to forget that the rest of the world exists, this is the show to see.