I’ve been following indie pop band fun., and more specifically its buoyant, fresh-voiced, charismatic singer Nate Ruess, for some time now — so it’s strangely fulfilling to see them finally get the attention they deserve with their Janelle Monae-featuring track “We Are Young,” which just hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“We Are Young” appears on the band’s sophomore LP, Some Nights, which drops today [review coming soon]. Judging by the attention that fun. have been receiving, they are primed for their big Foster the People-style breakthrough — and there are a few great candidates for the all-important next single from Some Nights – “All Alone” and “Carry On” both come to mind, but it’s the title track “Some Nights” that I believe could make fun. a household name. Maybe they should drop that annoying period though.
“Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck/ Some nights I call it a draw,” Nate calls out alongside a choir to begin the song, “But I still wake up, I still see your ghost/ Oh lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for/ What do I stand for, what do I stand for?/ Most nights I don’t know anymore.” When he’s joined by big tribal drums and a squealing Brian May guitar — and the choir sticks around — the song becomes irresistible, a huge, heartfelt cry to the heavens from somewhere on Toto‘s slightly awkward serengeti. Stream and download the song (thanks to The Music Ninja) below.
Stream: fun. – “Some Nights” MP3