Monday 26 March 4:11 p.m.
Close your eyes.Okay, no wait — open them because you need to keep reading — but close
them in spirit. Now pretend fun. is not a band, but an amusement park. Just
replace the guitar with a log flume and the percussion with a carousel.Now imagine the crowds lining up for a ride
on fun.’s sophomore record, Some Nights.
The line snakes around the whole park.Maybe there are some bearded ladies on it.Maybe lots of bearded ladies. Anyway. As you get closer, you see the entrance to Some Nights is actually Nate Ruess’ head.
His mouth is open wider than should be
physically possible and his uvula dangles in the dark. The musical tracks harden into wooden
rollercoaster tracks. You get on the car, and with a jerk, it starts to move. There’s
that familiar feeling that tells you something pretty transformative is about
Lights flash as you go
plummeting into the darkness. The
rollercoaster version of Some Nights follows
the same path as the album version: colorful on the outside, deeper than you
had imagined in the center, and so good it’ll make your head spin.
Want to go again?
fun. has not stopped living up to its name since
their 2009 debut, Aim & Ignite.A year after the debut they were opening for
Paramore on their headlining tour and performing at Coachella along with The
Strokes and Jay-Z. Now they’ve teamed up with Janelle Monáe, a melodic collaboration
on display in one of three videos for “We Are Young.”
You hear fun. and think, “Are they really
going to pull off this sound, this arrangement, and create a moving, catchy, memorable
rock song?” It’s become their signature.