Multi-Grammy Award-winning fun. sparks musical joy with their indie pop anthems. Filled with “lyrics that are funny, sincere and oddly moving” (The Guardian), fun.’s songs inspire thousads to sing along. The band makes its Austin City Limits debut with this episode.
The New York trio had a whirlwind year last year, releasing an inescapable brace of singles, the success of which contrasts with the band’s humble beginnings. Singer Nate Ruess formed fun. after the demise of his previous band, the well-regarded The Format, inviting Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train to join him.
Aim & Ignite, the band’s 2009 debut, received critical nods, but it was their second album, 2012’s Some Nights, that propelled them to international fame with the songs “Carry One,” “We Are Young” and the anthemic title track. The New York Times wrote that Some Nights is full of “grandiose pop tunes with complex structures, soaring hooks, and pensive verses.” According to NPR, “nate Ruess and his Glee-gang finally figured out what anthems need in the age of Tumblr: a double-helix blend of earnestness and affectedness, expressing the real emotions of kids whose lives feel like one big show.” Some Nights earned fun. two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young.”
The band is currently wrapping up a U.S. tour and about to begin work on a new album. “I don’t feel pressure other than from myself to find inspriation,” Ruess told American Songwriter. “At this point, I know who I am as a songwriter when it’s all stripped away.”
EPISODE LISTFun./Dawes (Season 39)
- fun. and Dawes keep ACL 39 rolling
- Fun. creates a unique experience
- Live stream with fun. has been cancelled
- Ticket Giveaway: fun. 9/13
- fun.: September 13
- New tapings: Dawes and fun.