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Interview:
fun. is having a good time with success
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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fun. is planning to spend the next three months out on the road having... well, fun.

The pop trio certainly has license to do just that. It's celebrating the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning success of its 2012 sophomore album "Some Nights," which spawned the multi-platinum singles "We Are Young" and the title track. It was a considerable improvement from fun.'s 2009 debut "Aim and Ignite," and 17 months after "Some Nights' " release the group is enjoying, if not necessarily resting on, its laurels during its Most Nights Tour.

"I think there's an element of it that feels like a victory lap," acknowledges guitarist Jack Antonoff, the former Silver Train guitarist who formed fun. in 2008 with singer Nate Ruess (from The Format) and Royal Oak-based multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost (Anathallo).

"These are the biggest shows we've ever done, by far. But then there's going to be a feeling on this tour of, 'Here's the last show for a little while,' 'cause we're gonna go make another record. But there is something that's sewing this to the next record. It's not a goodbye tour; it's more a 'til next time tour."

Antonoff says he and his bandmates -- who took home Grammys for Best New Artist and Song of the Year in February -- are still pinching themselves a bit over their good fortune. "I think you go through so many changes," he explains, "and as you're rattling through all these crazy things and racing to keep up with everything, you're digesting what it all means and trying to figure out how to untap it in your head.

"I think you learn that -- and this sounds like a cliche, I know -- it always goes back to the music. It's just about the performance. You realize it's the same (stuff) whether you're i a club for 200 people or an arena for 15,000; you're there to connect with the audience and play the songs that have changed your life and play a great show.

"It's really the exact same thing, in my opinion. My favorite artists have realized that, and I'm happiest myself when I'm in touch with that, too."

So what's next?

"There's, like, hints of a game plan," Antonoff says. "The way we work is pretty spontaneous and pretty quick. 'Some Nights' was written and recorded in a two-month time period, and I think that's one of the elements that made it successful as an album. It should be a documentation of a band in a moment, not a giant, three-year process.

"So the next album will be the same thing. I assume some time the beginning of next year we'd like to be in the studio, but that all depends on when the feeling hits and when we have a concept that's worthy. Until we have the parameters of what the album really is it's hard to hone in on them and work specifically on it, and we're not there yet."

fun. and Tegan and Sara perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $40 pavilion, $29.50 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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