Tricia Fitz is talkin’ about her generation in her entertainingly over-the-top single and video Millennials — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“I wanted a song that, while at the same time made fun of the stereotype, was oddly comforting to those who relate to it,” the Brazilian-born Montreal singer-songwriter says. “My favourite part about it is the group vocals, where I gathered my best millennial friends in the studio and we all had a wonderful afternoon whooping and chanting.”
No wonder they’re having fun. Millennials is built upon an energetic power-rock foundation bolstered by ragtime keys and trickling synths — all brought together with Ftiz’s radiant vocals and sharp, self-award skewering of generational stereotypes, making for a spirited single that’s easy to identify with and sing along to.
Speaking of those lyrics: While they satirize millennials, they also give voice to a generation seemingly misunderstood by the generations that both precede and follow it, says Fitz. “The line “Whoop as you please” was meant to be a way to say that, yeah, we may have destroyed the doorbell industry and everyone hates us, but we’re trying our best here so hush now.”
The lyric video for the single is also two-pronged, showcasing the lyrics in a sing-along fashion as Fitz embellishes them with her chipper demeanour. Her appearance was mostly improvised, save for the inclusion of a few props, and done in a one-shot style. “My favourite thing about the hybrid format is that people are able to get a better sense of the song and its satirical undertones,” she says. “It was a way to showcase theatricality and perform, and I had tons of fun with it.”
Millennials was written, co-produced, and co-arranged by Fitz and Matt Nozetz. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nozetz at Avbury Studios in Montreal. Accompanying Fitz’s vocals and keyboards are Matt Nozetz on drums, bass and rhythm guitar, as well as Gustavo Pedro on lead guitar. Her vocal army on the single consists of: Felicia Corbeil, Marc-Antoine Fortin, Izzy Landry, Angela Marino, Brooke Murray, Matt Roumeliotis, Martin Thomas-Couture, Emily Yakimchuk and Jeffrey Yakimchuk. Fitz released her debut album The Storm in 2016. Her latest effort Epic Penguin Sharks came out in February. She cites Freddie Mercury, Devin Townsend and Andrew W.K. as current influences.