Breakout trio fun.’s performance at the 987 Penthouse Monday night had all the trappings of a really great house party—free pizza, plentiful beer, solid sound system—with one exception: the house band was WAY better than any of the Sublime cover acts that generally play the residential circuit. Luckily for myself and the rest of the fans in attendance, fun. put on a stadium-sized performance in a backyard-sized venue, and for the duration of their too-short set, we were the coolest kids on the block.
After acrophobic lead singer Nate Ruess professed his terror at being a mere 10 feet away from the rooftop venue’s ledge (it was a rather low barricade), the group launched into “Some Nights Intro,” the appropriately titled opening track to the group’s newly released sophomore album. Between songs, the trio, rounded out by Jack Antonoff on guitar and Andrew Dost on keys, had a rapport akin to that of rambunctious brothers, equal parts playful taunting and proud admiration. When Jack admitted to blowing one of his guitar parts, Nate put him on the spot by offering him a chance to redeem himself with an impromptu solo, and both band members went out of their way to point out Andrew’s unusually large hands, forcing him to show them off for the crowd. Lots of teasing, even more smiles.
As much as I love fun.’s first album, Aim and Ignite, I’m so smitten with Some Nights right now that I found myself almost disappointed when the group performed tracks from their debut. That didn’t stop me from singing along to “All The Pretty Girls” and “The Gambler,” of course, but I was especially excited whenever a new track was played. Hearing the highly produced songs of Some Nights in stripped down, acoustic form was like listening to them for the first time again. This was particularly true of “All Alright” and “We Are Young,” the song that has fun. on the fast track to mainstream superstardom.
Before that happens, though, I suggest you go see fun. while they’re still playing clubs (or penthouse parties, if you can swing it). It’s really only a matter of time before fans will be fighting for seats in the noise-bleed section.