Eight Things You Absolutely Need To Know About The Rock Band ‘Fun’

Fun ticketsEight Things You Absolutely Need To Know About The Rock Band ‘Fun’

Fun is one of the hottest bands around and they’re only about four years old. While we’ve all been enjoying their music, videos, and live shows there’s still a lot about them we don’t know. Land of Punt wants to rectify this problem. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the eight things you absolutely must know about one of the best new power pop indie bands of the last five years.

The Three Members Of Fun…
Formed in New York City in 2008, Fun is comprised of frontman Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost. When the band goes on tour they bring along musicians Nate Harold, Emily Moore, and Will Noon.

Their Past Lives…
Before forming Fun, Ruess was in an indie band called The Format. Antonoff was in the indie group named Steel Train—they toured with a number of major acts including Gomez, Silversun Pickups, and The Format. And Dost was in Anathallo, an independent rock band that formed in Michigan in 2000.

Fun’s Discography
As of the end of November 2012, Fun has released two albums: Aim and Ignite (2009) and Some Nights (2012). They also released an EP called Live Fingerprints (2010). Aim and Ignite languished on the charts but Some Nights peaked at number three and has been certified gold (probably on its way to Platinum).

Upcoming U.S. dates…
In the coming New Year, America will be treated to a bunch of new Fun concerts. The band kicks off a tour of the United States on Jan. 23 in St. Paul, Minnesota and it ends Feb. 16 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band’s itinerary includes Fun in Detroit on Jan. 26, Fun in Washington D.C. on Jan. 31, Fun in Boston on Feb. 1, Fun in New York City on Feb. 2, and Fun in Houston on Feb. 13.

How fun. Got Its Name…
The band came up with their name during a meeting at a comedy club. In a sign that’s certainly of the times, they Googled “fun” and found links to go-karts, porn, and a Swedish death metal band. So to stand out, they stylized “Fun” with a lower-case “f” and a period.

fun.’s Big-time gigs include…
Besides touring and selling fun. concert tickets all over the world, the band has also played on several high profile stages. This month alone fun. has performed at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards and Saturday Night Live. Previously, the band performed “We Are Young” on Conan.

The Band’s Influences…
Ruess is influenced by old punk-rock, big pop, Queen, and Elton John. Antonoff draws inspiration from Neil Young and Jack White. And Dost finds musical motivation from Weezer, ELO, and Debussy (that’s not an indie band but a French classical composer).

“We Are Young”
The band’s biggest hit, “We Are Young,” dropped in late September of 2011. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks. The ditty was heard on a car commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVI and was covered on the television show Glee.

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