fun. happy to still be doing well, gaining fans and love
By Alan Sculley
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
From where Andrew Dost sits, one could not have scripted a much-better way to cap off a storybook run behind fun.'s album “Some Nights” than this summer's amphitheater tour.
Dost considers the tour, which comes to Stage AE on July 18, a crowning achievement.
“We've been all over the world, but now we're finally touring in the U.S. and touring these big, giant rooms. They're going to be a lot of the biggest shows we've ever played. And it feels so good to us, like a homecoming and a lap around the country,” Dost said during a late-June phone interview. “For somebody that's been out for a year and a half now (behind “Some Nights”), it feels so good to be able to do this kind of a tour.”
The “Some Nights” cycle has been one for the books for fun. At the start of 2012, fun. was just one of many mainly unknown groups hoping to make a name for itself. The three band members had joined forces in 2008 after stints in other bands that had released albums and toured the country.
Singer Nate Ruess was a member of the band The Format. Drummer/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dost was in the group Anathallo, while guitarist Jack Antonoff was in Steel Train.
Fun. debuted in 2010 with the album “Aim & Ignite,” which showed the trio had a talent for writing smart and catchy power-pop.
“Aim & Ignite,” though, failed to make much of an impact commercially. But it didn't take long to know that “Some Nights” was going to be a different story.
The lead single, “We Are Young,” was released ahead of the “Some Nights” album, and it quickly started making waves. The song got an initial boost when it was used on an episode of “Glee,” and then took a dramatic jump up the charts when it was featured in a commercial for the Chevrolet Sonic during the 2012 Super Bowl. On March 7, “We Are Young” reached No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart.
The band's fortunes continued to grow. The song “Some Nights” became the second single and spent seven months on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 3, while a third single, “Carry On,” went top 10 on Billboard's Rock Songs, Alternative Songs and Adult Pop songs charts and peaked at No. 20 on the Hot 100.
The rise of fun. in the music world was capped off in February, when the group won two Grammy Awards — for best new artist and song of the year (for “We Are Young”). That recognition stands out to Dost as the high point of a memorable year in the life of fun.
“That's such a high honor to be recognized in that way by my peers,” he said.
Dost said the band is ready to bring a show that's fittingly big for the large venues this summer.
“It's going to be a pretty-revamped version of anything we've done, more lights, more instruments, more and bigger because we pride ourselves on being a live band, first and foremost,” he said. “We play a lot of music, but we also know that to fill up a bigger space, you need some help. You need some lights, you need some festivity.”
After the tour wraps up, the band plans to turn its attention to its next album.
There will be major expectations for the album, but Dost said the band is embracing the challenge.
“Now there's the pressure of the next album, which is good. We like it,” Dost said. “Whether people are paying attention or not, we're still going to be writing songs and touring and all of that good stuff. Whether or not we were a one-hit wonder or a one-album wonder, whatever we are or were, we're going to be around, even if we're just making records our parents buy.”
Alan Sculley is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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