Andrew Dost hails from Beulah and has happily stayed there over the years, even those his tenures in the bands Anathallo and, now, fun. has taken him far and wide.
“I love the small town,” says Dost, 26, who will nevertheless be moving to Ferndale in the fall to be with his girlfriend. “It’s nice to be around the same coffee shop every day. I can ride my bike wherever I want. It’s where my family is. My girlfriend has a summer house there ...
“So there’s a real magic there that hasn’t gone away for me, which I’m happy about.”
That said, Dost is finding some new magic with fun., a group he’s formed with Nate Reuss, formerly of the Format, and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train. The group recently released its debut album, “Aim and Ignite.” It’s a set of melodic and sophisticated popcraft that references the likes of the Beach Boys and Harry Nilsson on one end and more contemporary influences such as Weezer and Jellyfish on the other, and Dost says fun. is having, well, fun weaving its favorite kinds of music together.
“It’s what we all listened to, I guess,” Dost explains. “We love ELO. We love Queen, Broadway musicals. When we were writing the record in New York, we went out to watch musicals a lot, so I think you tend to write what you like and what you want to hear.
“We’re trying, obviously, to push ourselves to write challenging things and interesting things. We have an amazingly open communication and an amazingly unified vision. It’s always felt like we were writing the same song from the beginning.”
Fun., Miniature Tigers and the Pop Project perform at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 11) at The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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