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Fitz & the Tantrums announce new album and tour, share 'Handclap'

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Three years after their sizzling second LP, More Than Just a Dream, launched them into the mainstream, Fitz & the Tantrums are back with a batch of big news. The Los Angeles band announced Friday that they have a new self-titled record on the way, along with a massive North American tour that kicks off June 14. To toast the album, out June 10, Fitz also premiered the project’s first track, “HandClap.”

Recorded in their hometown of Los Angeles, the album sees the six-piece team with a stock of pop-imbued producers: Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim), Joel Little (Lorde), and Ricky Reed (Jessie J). If the roster is any indication of what’s to come, the project will likely see Fitz reinvigorate the raw-powered energy that littered its first LPs. “Overall, this is an album about desire – the desire for intimacy, for sex, for acceptance on your own terms and the struggle not to compromise,” lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick said in a release.

“HandClap” does well to illustrate the yearning Fitzpatrick describes, topping a jittery, low down beat with spitfire verses and a surging, skyward hook. “‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” Fitz said of the single. “It’s the X-rated version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind happening on a dance floor.”

In support of the upcoming album, Fitz will take to the road for a three-month string of dates that runs from Richmond, Virginia to Jackson, Wyoming. They’ll also hit some major draws, with stops in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Listen to “HandClap” and see tour dates below. The album is available for pre-order here.

June 14 – Richmond, VA – The National

June 15 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Arts Center

June 17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival

June 18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

June 19 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

June 21 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

June 23 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

June 24 – Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 25 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

June 28 – Bloomington, IN –  Bluebird Nightclub

June 29 – Milwaukee, MI – Summerfest

July 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

July 15 – Columbus, OH – PromoWest Festival

July 16 – Kansas City, KS – Sporting Park Stadium – KRBZ’s Annual Beach Buzz Ball

July 17 – North Birmingham, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival

July 19 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theater

July 20 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex

July 22 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s

July 23 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

July 24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

July 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

July 27 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Aug. 18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

Aug. 19 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

Aug. 20 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park

Aug. 23 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

Aug. 24 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

Aug. 26 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

Aug. 27 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall

Aug. 28 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery