Love. When I start listening to a band for the first time, I try them out as if I were trying on new clothes. Is this my taste/style? Do I like how it feels? Some artists I like or maybe love a couple of songs, but rarely do I fall in love with everything the band is. fun. is one of those bands I am deeply in love with.
It all started with The Format in the early 2000s- thanks to my friend Ashley who heard their song playing in a Starbucks. The band, Sam Means and Nate Ruess, decided it was time to part in 2008. I was heartbroken. I thought they were going to be The Beatles (maybe not as huge) maybe Tom Petty- just one of those bands that last forever. A band you grew up with and then when you had kids you could tell them about it. They would start listening and forming a love for them. And then the best part is you could still see them in concert. I now hope fun. will be that band.
So I wanted to take some time to tell you about them. Jennie Albano wrote a little about them in a “Now Hear This” post on HelloGiggles, but I wanted to tell you some more. I met comedian Mike Birbiglia and we quickly discussed the bands fun. and Steel Train. He said, “Soon one of them is going to blow up and be huge. I don’t know which one, but soon it will happen.” He was right and fun. is that band. I feel like they are everywhere now- in the newest issue of Teen Vogue and now on December 6th their newest single ‘We Are Young’ will be sung by Lea Michele and the gang on Glee. This is huge for them!
After The Format split, Nate Ruess wanted to start up a band and his dream band comprised of Andrew Dost (multi-instrument extraordinaire, formally of Anathallo) and Jack Antonoff (guitarist, also in the band Steel Train). Good thing they were up for joining a new indie band! The trio is a group of fun-loving guys, who believe in what they do and also do amazing things on the side, like fighting for human rights. Playing with the boys is Nate Harold (who I secretly have a crush on), Emily Moore and Will Noon- all amazing musicians that each add a little awesomeness to fun.
Seeing fun. live is just something you have to do. The anticipation builds as you wait for them to step foot on the stage. Small venues are the best because band members pass right by you making their way to the back stage area with friends and family. They’re in the crowd just like normal people. No one is going to jump on top of them crying. (I’ve seen Taylor Swift go through a crowd during her concert and I have no idea how she does it. People are crazy!)
Finally the lights go down. Sometimes their walk on is a rap song- they are huge Drake fans. The crowd gets all hyped up. Hearts start pounding. The band starts up. The last show I went to was at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. They had a full violin section to join in some songs. They started off with ‘Some Nights’-a brand new song. I think we might have been the first crowd to hear it. I was blown away. I always think, “Oh man, I’ve seen them so many times. What if it loses the special feeling?” Always wrong. ‘Some Nights’ was so perfect that I searched for the performance on YouTube and I watch it anytime I’m feeling down.
The shows always make you feel like you’re a part of something magical. I just love seeing everyone in a band smiling and actually having fun on stage. Nate’s smile will capture your heart. For real. I’m serious. He knows how to write a killer song and boy does he know how to sing it! Their songs are all inspiring and meaningful in their own way. Songs about love, life and family played in an indie pop rock musical performance. Sometimes I feel like they could put on a whole Broadway show with their songs, especially with the song ‘Barlights’ off of their record Aim & Ignite.
Here are a few things I want to leave you with:
- Check out their album Aim & Ignite. I can’t even choose a favorite I love them all so much. I would say listen to ‘All the Pretty Girls’.
- Don’t forget to watch the December 6th episode of Glee to hear ‘We Are Young’! Watch the acoustic version of the song here.
- Their sophomore album, Some Nights, comes out February 21st, 2012. I know! So far away! I need it now.
- Lastly, when they start touring, grab some tickets! They’re going to go fast and you’re not going to want to miss it. I’ve been to a lot of shows and no one has been able to top them!
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