With their hit song, “We Are Young,” being featured in Chevy’s latest car commercial, and having that same hit covered on Glee, Fun is generating a lot of buzz. A band that only has a few years under their belts, but at the same time, a band who’s members have been through this all before. Immediately following the breakup of his former band, The Format, Nate Ruess joined forces with Andrew Dost from Anathallo, and Jack Antonoff from Steel Train to form Fun.
In 2009, their debut, Aim and Ignite, was released under The Nettwerk Music Group. The album received positive reviews and entered the US Billboard 200, making its way to #71. After the success of their debut, Fun. went on their first North American tour, supporting Jack’s Mannequin, and then continued on supporting Paramore before they went on their own tour in the UK.
With their band on the rise, they made the major label switch, and signed with Fueled by Ramen, joining bands like Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, and Panic! At the Disco. The early buzz from their debut even got them their first single featured on a commercial. Their third single from Aim and Ignite, “Walking the Dog,” was used in an Expedia.com commercial.
Under their new label, Fun. worked on their sophomore album, Some Nights, in nine months and was ultimately released on February 21, 2012. For their second work, they brought in different influences into their music, mixing in hip-hop elements with pop, getting help from Kanye West’s co-producer, Jeff Bhasker. “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae was their first single released from Some Nights in September 2011. The single was a catalyst for the band, giving them two of the greatest exposures a band could receive; being covered on Glee, and having it played on a commercial during the Superbowl. The song blew up on both the Billboard, and iTunes charts, moving Fun. from relative obscurity to the spotlight.
Aside from their major hit, “We Are Young”, a youth anthem that has swept the world with it’s catchy chorus, their other work is worth taking notice. Though they are described as indie pop, each song is tinged with different musical influences like folk, rock, theater, and a little bit of hip hop. Now Fun. is enjoying their exposure, playing at SXSW, Bonnaroo Festival, and many sold out shows on their current North American Tour.