ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In Florida, there aren’t many options to go running in the mountains. So John Wicks is making the best of it.
“I just got done running some stairs in the Florida State stadium,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I’m actually going to Montana in a few days to do an ultra marathon. The guys in the band think I’m crazy.”
Wicks is the drummer for indie pop band Fitz and The Tantrums. The band formed in 2008 and has released two albums – 2010’s “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” and 2013’s “More Than Just a Dream.”
Fitz and The Tantrums have found mainstream success and the band’s songs have been used in movies, as well as commercials. Wicks says the leader of the band – Michael Fitzpatrick – has a knack for writing some catchy tunes.
“Fitz used to actually write jingles,” he says. “This is why it’s fitting that commercials are using some of our songs.”
Fitz and The Tantrums have been on tour for nearly two years and Wicks says the band is afraid to get off of tour because of the momentum the band has built.
“We have this momentum going and we don’t want to lose that,” he says. “This makes it tricky to actually get new music done. But we’ve got ideas and we’ll find a way to work on the new music.”
In the meantime, Wicks says he spends his time running before shows and is the first one up on the bus while on tour.
“It’s awesome because I am the first one to find a coffee shop and do all the sightseeing before we perform,” he says.
Wicks says the band’s sound has changed since the debut album in 2010. The first album had a neo soul vibe, and on the current album the band tried to go on a different path.
“The first album was written by Fitz,” he says. “When we broke, that’s when Adele and Sharon Jones were getting big. We felt like we were getting pigeonholed and didn’t want to just be a neo soul band. So we went in a different direction, and I love the new sound.”