Fun. is had by all at State Theatre
Published: Friday, March 16, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 14:03
Fun. is an understatement for the name of this New York Cityindie-pop band, who played St. Petersburg’s State Theatre on Wednesday.
The lead singer, Nate Reuss, formerly part of the pop-rock band The Format, teamed up with musician Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train to form Fun in 2008. Current touring members include Reuss, Dost, Antonoff, Nate Harold, Emily Moore and Will Noon. This band is currently best known for their hit single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae.
The band took the stage at the State Theatre in front of giant, brightly-lit neon pink letters spelling “Fun” and gave fans in St. Pete more than just a fun time. Reuss approached the audience and greeted them by asking “What’s up?” and created a familiar tone that lasted throughout the show.
He claimed to be fighting a cold every time he performs in St. Pete, but this didn’t seem to get in Fun.’s way of putting on an unforgettable show. They played to a sold-out audience of fans who crowded closer to the stage before they started to perform. It felt like a much more enjoyable version of a karaoke party for the crowd, who sang, danced, and clapped along to every song.
About halfway through the show, Reuss asked the amped audience, “What do you say we keep this sing- along going?” to which fans bopped their heads along as they made a dance floor out of the venue. Reuss claimed he “wanted to quit smoking after the show,” but said “You’re gonna see me after the show and go, ‘poser!’”
The setlist mainly came from Fun.’s latest album, “Some Nights,” which Reuss said “was a lot more theatrical — it had a Queen type of vibe”. Their hit, “We Are Young,” a song Reuss said “is about a night out and an attempt to forget all of your wrongdoings,” has been played on the radio and the television show “Glee.”
Their song titles are unique, such as “At Least I’m Not as Sad (as I Used to Be),” “Walking The Dog,” “One Foot” and “All The Pretty Girls On a Saturday Night.” Hands waved in their air if they weren’t clapping, while Reuss would close his eyes periodically, giving a very passionate performance.
The crowd hyped up during “Bar Lights,” competing with the drum solo in the background. The band had the fans repeating the lyrics “I feel alive” before coming acapella. Ironically, during their performance of “Be Calm,” a crazed fan ran up to the stage to dance while they sang the lyric “I’m scared that everyone is out to get me.”
A major hit of the night seemed to be “Carry On,” in which fans sang along as if it were their anthem. Fists went up into the air with the lyric “I’d like to think I can cheat it all to make up for the times I’ve been cheated on” and again while they sang “no one’s ever gonna stop us now, we are invincible, we are shining stars.” When the lyrics “I don’t keep friends, I keep acquainted, I’m not a prophet, but I’m here to profit” were sung from the hit “At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be), the crowd roared with intensity.
Reuss’ lyrics are very personal and offer insight into his family, such as in the song “One Foot” and its claim that “lucky that my father’s still alive — he’s been fighting all his life”.
Reuss thanked the audience repeatedly for being one of their best crowds and fans chanted “one more song” in booming voices after Fun. left the stage momentarily before their encore performance of “All Alright.”
2. “Walking the Dog”
3. “All Alone”
4. “All the Pretty Girls on a Saturday Night”
5. “It Gets Better”
6. “Bar Lights”
7. “Carry On”
8. “The Gambler”
9. “Be Calm”
10. “At Least I'm Not as Sad (as I Used to Be)”
11. “We Are Young”
12. “One Foot”
13. “All Alright”
14. “Take Your Time (Coming Home)”