When the Los Angeles-based kings of nostalgia Fitz and the Tantrums take the stage at this year’s Movin’ On, they’ll bring with them a solid five years’ worth of buzz. From their launch in 2009, this self-conscious neo-soul sextet has simply oozed cool. While this sort of hype has certainly been seen before, Fitz and the Tantrums actually had the chops to back it up. “Money Grabber” their infectious single from 2010’s “Pickin’ Up the Pieces,” was seemingly everywhere: late night with Conan, Kimmel and Leno and on HBO and “This Week in Baseball.”
In anticipation of their stop in State College, longtime musician and bassist for the Tantrums, Joe Karnes checked in to discuss the band’s varied musical influences, their sonic evolution, and what makes their live show such a sight to be seen.