The Fritz’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They’ll bring high-energy, danceable songs that provide a platform for each member to shine to The Lariat beginning at 10 p.m., Saturday night.
With powerful vocals, climactic solos and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere, the band’s website announces.
Originally formed in the rehearsal spaces of University of North Florida’s School of Music, The Fritz discovered an immediate chemistry. Drawing on influences such as Prince, Talking Heads and Jimi Hendrix, the quintet integrated their diverse musical tastes and began writing music together.
With their college days behind them, the Fritz soon set their eyes on the mountains of Western North Carolina, eventually settling in Asheville in July 2011. After the release of their 2012 debut album “Bootstrap,” the band launched into a near-constant touring schedule. With appearances at festivals such as Hulaween, Wakarusa and Catskill Chill, the band quickly gained a reputation as a live act not to be missed.
The band’s 2017 release “Natural Mind” captures a sound that has been years in the making.
“We intentionally waited to go back into the studio so that we could really work on the music and figure out what makes this band special,” vocalist and keyboardist Jamar Woods said.
For the new album, The Fritz headed north to More Sound Studios in Syracuse, N.Y. and enlisted the help of producer Dave Brandwein (Turkuaz, Galaxy Smith Studios) and engineers Jason “Jocko” Randall and Jose Varona to assist with the recording process.
“We wanted to work with a producer whose work we respected and who we trusted to add a different perspective,” percussionist Mikey “Spice” Evans said. “Dave played an invaluable role in producing our album.”