The fun. Australian tour Splendour In The Grass 2012 sideshows have been announced that will see the New York popsters with a number one single to their name arrive on Australian shores for the first time this July.
fun. is what happens when three extraordinarily talented musicians come together to create something altogether new and wonderful.
The trio meld a stunning array of diverse inspirations, spanning Broadway to The Beach Boys, into an irresistible collection of freewheeling pop song-craft first revealed with their 2009 debut “Aim and Ignite”. Praise soon followed, applauding the trio’s pop offering with Sputnikmusic notably concluding that it was the “most consistent pop album around”. Following the release, fun. toured North America and landed a spot on Coachella alongside Kanye West and The Strokes.
Whilst writing for their second record, frontman Nathan Ruess’s Fascination with hip-hop swelled. “I started falling in love with the Drake album and the Kanye album, and I thought, that’s really theatrical, and it’s hip-hop music, and I make really theatrical music, why can’t I add a hip-hop element?” Reuss told the NY Times.
After researching the liner notes on these records, Reuss was intent on working with producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, Alicia Keys) on his next record. Bhasker agreed to meet Reuss, the two started talking and after a few drinks Nate sang him the chorus of an – at the time – unfinished track called ‘We Are Young’. A studio was promptly booked for the following day.
‘We Are Young’ which features R&B sensation Janelle Monae has gone on to become an international hit, snagging the top spot of the ARIA chart for three consecutive weeks upon release. Lifted from their sophomorealbum “Some Nights”, the multi-platinum single was chosen by TV sensation Glee to be covered on the show – an experience that meant the world to a band that prides itself on appealing to any demographic that might feel disenfranchised or just plain odd.
The trio is currently wowing audiences in the US off the back of their chart success and ready to floor Australian fans upontheir arrival for Splendour in the Grass and sideshows. fun. will no doubt continue to live up to their name.
“Some Nights” is out now through Warner Music.
Secret Sounds Presents
fun. Splendour In The Grass 2012 Sideshows
With Special Guests to be announced
Tickets on sale Wednesday May 9 at 9am
Wednesday July 25 – The Metro, Sydney (all ages)
Tickets from: ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Friday July 27 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Over 18s)
Saturday July 28 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Under 18s matinee)
Tickets from: thehifi.com.au, or 1300-THEHIFI (843 443)