On Friday night, The “Bright Futures” Tour took over Philly’s Electric Factory. Co-headliners Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities brought a night of wild energy that had the sold-out crowd captivated from start to finish. The night felt more like a contest between the crowd and bands, seeing who could bring more energy. While the crowd was tough to beat, I think it’s safe to say the bands won.
Capital Cities, Fitz and The Tantrums Give Philly a Show to Remember
First up was LA’s Beat Club – with two of Philly’s own (shout out to the bass player for rocking his Flyers shirt). The band’s set was eclectic – a mix of rock, electronic beats, and deep bass lines. However, it was a perfect blend that kept the crowd interested and excited for the night ahead.
As the stage was prepared for Capital Cities and the iconic sunglasses backdrop lit up, the crowd grew anxious with excitement. This was my third time seeing the guys live, yet I was still filled with the same anticipation as the first time. I was especially excited to catch the new addition of a live drummer backing the group.
The band finally took the stage, dawning their matching Capital Cities track jackets. They opened with their first hit of the night – their latest single “Kangaroo Court.” Fans immediately began dancing and singing to the catchy lyrics (that will remain stuck in your head for days). They played through songs off their debut album, A Tidal Wave of Mystery, including covers of “Stayin’ Alive” and Weezer’s “Come Undone.”
The addition of the drummer made their performance top-notch. It enhanced the synth-pop sounds and vocals of front men Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant. As usual, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig added improvised solos during their set, lending a unique vitality to each song. Even more unique was the debut of Spencer’s trombone – not to mention it was purple, making it even more awesome.
Capital Cities closed out their performance with “Safe and Sound,” which naturally set the building into a rave-like atmosphere. Every person was jumping, dancing, losing control and enjoying the moment, and the band equally matched the intensity. As the song winded down, the music continued with a remix of “Safe and Sound”; at that point, the Electric Factory turned into a full-on dance party.
I can’t even describe how amazing it was, but it was a moment that fans will certainly remember. Merchant asked the crowd to take a shirt, jacket, or whatever they had and throw it wildly in the air. Of course, everyone followed, and the band themselves whipped around their jackets and continued bouncing around the stage.
As the guys lined up and took a bow before heading off the stage, the venue roared with cheers. Based on the enormity of cheers, it felt like the night was over… but Fitz and the Tantrums were about to take the stage. I couldn’t wait to see how much crazier everyone could get.
With the sunglasses removed and Fitz and The Tantrums neon heart lit up along the wall, the band ran onstage and took Philly into the night. The chemistry between Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs was unmatched, providing dynamic vocals for the band’s indie-pop style.
Fitz and The Tantrums are on tour in support of their latest record, More Than Just a Dream. They tore through hits from the album, including their latest single “Out of My League.” Fitz and The Tantrum’s set was full catchy beats, mixed between the neo-soul and 80s-inspired pop sounds. The backing of the synthesizer and saxophone thoroughly enhanced their set; you couldn’t help but find yourself grooving to the beats and waving your arms in the air.
Scaggs put on a performance of her own – dancing with authority across the stage and shaking her tambourine nonstop throughout the night. Her moves were contagious and flowed through every person in the venue.
A highlight of the night was when Fitz and The Tantrums played a cover of Eurythmics’ song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Scaggs took a short break during the song to mention it was her favorite part of the show, getting to “see all the sexy people of the house.” Fitz then directed the crowd to sing the “hold your head up” chorus, which fans obliged with glorious results.
Fitz told the Philly crowd they was the “loudest ever,” asking to make even more noise and wave to the camera for a picture they were taking for their Facebook page. They then proceeded into their 2011 hit single “Moneygrabber.” You could probably hear the cheers of the crowd from miles away.
The “Bright Futures Tour“ gave Philly a night of non-stop dancing, infectious vibes, awesome covers, and an energy that was out of this world. There couldn’t have been a better pairing of musical acts; the music communicated live on an undeniable level. Friday’s performance will go down as one of those shows people will be talking about for months to come. I can see why the name of tour is “Bright Futures” – while Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities have already made their own successful marks in the music scene, there is nothing but an even brighter future ahead.
Article by Erika Reinsel