Fitz and The Tantrums fans eagerly waited more than three years for the pop-rock group to release their fourth album. The band rewarded fans for their patience with 17 new tracks on All the Feels, which arrived on Friday. And now, frontman Michael Fitzpatrick (aka Fitz) is giving a deeper look into each song.
The six-piece group's infectiously upbeat sound continues on All the Feels, and as the album's title indicates, the songs address all sorts of feelings — mostly positive ones. Whether they're encouraging fans to accept themselves on "Ain't Nobody But Me," admitting that they could use a friend on "I Need Help!," or gushing over a new love in "SuperMagik," Fitz and The Tantrums really did cover all the feels with their latest LP.
There's also a couple of songs relevant to the album's 2019 release, addressing gun culture on "Kiss the Sky" and negativity in the news on "Hands Up." But we'll let Fitz do the rest of the talking.
Take a listen to All the Feels, and take a look at the inspirations for each song — courtesy of Fitz himself — below.
"All the Feels"
The title song is truly the compass for the whole album. In this day and age of devices blocking us from everybody, this was my own personal declaration to want to feel more connection with my family, my friends, with my life.
The process of writing a song can literally shift your mood, pulling you from self-doubt and insecurity to holding on to a fleeting moment of self-confidence and feelin’ yourself!
"I Just Wanna Shine"
Sometimes you just gotta climb to the tallest building and shout your name out as loud as you can!
"Ain’t Nobody But Me"
There comes a certain point in your life when you realize you are who you are. You’re tired of all the BS and you finally accept yourself completely.
"I Need Help!"
Whether it’s bullying or shaming or whatever pressures are piling on sometimes you have to find the courage to realize you can't do it on your own and it’s absolutely fine to ask for a little help!
"Don’t Ever Let Em"
In this FOMO, selfie, "look at how great my life" is time that we live in, it's OK to just be you and do you.
There’s a nostalgia and a yearning for the simple days when you would just hang out with your friends in the basement after school.
"Ready or Not"
When nothing can stand in the way of your dreams, sometimes you just have to make a bold declaration.
It takes you back to that time when you sat there tirelessly organizing your CD collection to the point of obsession, trying to curate the perfect playlist to impress her.
There are times when you meet somebody, the light changes in the room, and you realize they’ve cast a spell on you.
Sometimes all the signs are telling you to run away but your heart doesn't care. It’s about falling for a girl who you know is gonna be bad for you, and doing it anyway.
Pleading with time to slow down, 'cause life is moving too fast.
In your darkest days and darkest times, you have to figure out a way to still find hope and keep dreaming.
Every day I read the news, and feel like I’m losing my mind. But we have to remain positive and powerful.
"Kiss the Sky"
It’s about gun culture in America and what I imagine is a romanticized version of security and freedom when someone owns one. If a firearm had a voice, what would it say?
In the unknown of where life is gonna take you, you can either be uncomfortable or be excited about what the future holds.
"Livin’ for the Weekend"
In 11 years of being in this band, if there is one thing I’ve learned, [it's this]: If you get knocked down, you get back up, and you keep on going.