I can still remember the moment when I realized that fun. were going to be ubiquitously, annoyingly, stratospherically huge. It was February 5, 2012 and I was sitting on a ratty faux-leather sofa in my college apartment, hanging out with my roommates and watching the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. During one of the commercial breaks, I heard an already familiar (to me) wall of synths and tinkling pianos, and a soon to be inescapable (to everyone) chorus hook that loudly declared: “Tonight/We are young/So let’s set the world on fire/We can burn brighter/Than the sun.”
That 60-second TV spot, an ad for the 2012 Chevy Sonic, effectively launched this trio of pop-rock polyglots into outer space. “We Are Young” already had a little bit of buzz building behind it at that point, having featured prominently in an episode of Glee that aired in December 2011. But it was the Super Bowl placement that, to quote the song, set the world on fire. A week later, “We Are Young” topped the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart. 16 days after the Super Bowl, fun. released Some Nights, their sophomore album, which contained “We Are Young” in the track-three slot. The album sold 70,000 copies in the first week and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, despite generally mixed critical reviews. By March 17, “We Are Young” was the No. 1 song in the United States – a status it maintained for six weeks. Read More “fun. – Some Nights”
A California Wildfires Benefit Concert has been announced. The show will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Theatre at The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Father John Misty, HAIM, Rivers Cuomo, Mac Demarco, Tim Heidecker, and Nate Ruess are all scheduled to perform.
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Nate Ruess will be doing a private concert at the Aston Martin Club 1913 this Friday:
Aston Martin will be hosting Grammy award winning Nate Ruess, frontman of the band fun. on Friday August 24th at 8.00PM. Register your interest to guarantee a seat for this extraordinary private concert experience.
According to a profile in Architectural Digest, Nate Ruess is currently writing a Broadway musical:
Ruess, who is currently writing a Broadway musical, frames the success of the project in terms of the apartment’s mood rather than the individual elements that create it. “The loft is civilized and comfortable. It’s not about a flashy moment or a photo op. It’s about real life—our life,” he says. Ronson adds, “Nothing feels overly modern or heavily traditional. The look is simply classic.”
Also, the basis of the article, his family’s home, is a pretty incredible sight.
Nate Ruess covered Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” at FestivALT on Saturday. A video can be found on YouTube or by hitting read more.
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Nate Ruess explains the decision to go solo on Grand Romantic, why he always ends up writing about heartbreak, and how lucky he’s been to work with the people he’s met throughout his career.
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I recently had the oppurtunity to conduct an email interview with Nate Reuss of The Format, which you can read below. Read More “Nate Reuss of The Format”