From where Andrew Dost sits, one couldnt have scripted a much better way to cap off a storybook run behind the album Some Nights than this summers amphitheater tour.
Shows are selling out including the one Aug. 28 at the Idaho Botanical Gardens Outlaw Field, which sold out the same day tickets went on sale.
This tour is one of the kind of crowning achievements as far as were concerned, Dost said in a late June phone interview. Weve been all over the world, but now were finally touring in the U.S. and touring these big, giant rooms. Theyre going to be a lot of the biggest shows weve ever played. And it feels so good to us, like a homecoming and a lap around the country. For somebody thats been out for a year and a half now (behind Some Nights), it feels so good to be able to do this kind of a tour.
To be sure, the Some Nights cycle has been one for the books for Fun.
At the start of 2012, Fun was just one of many mainly unknown groups hoping to make a name for itself. The three band members had joined forces in 2008 after stints in other bands that had released albums and toured the country.
Singer Nate Ruess had been in the Format. Drummer/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dost had been in the group Anathallo. Guitarist Jack Antonoff was in Steel Train.
The group debuted in 2010 with the album Aim & Ignite, which showed the trio had a talent for writing smart and catchy power-pop.
Aim & Ignite, though, failed to make much of an impact commercially. But it didnt take long to know that Some Nights was going to be a different story.
The lead single, We Are Young, was released ahead of the Some Nights album, and it quickly started making waves. The song got an initial boost when it was used on an episode of Glee, and then took a dramatic jump up the charts when it was featured in a commercial for the Chevrolet Sonic during the 2012 Super Bowl. On March 7, We Are Young reached No. 1 on Billboard magazines Hot 100 all-genre singles chart.
The bands fortunes continued to grow from there. The song Some Nights became the second single and spent seven months on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at number three, while a third single, Carry On, went top 10 on Billboards Rock Songs, Alternative Songs and Adult Pop songs charts, and peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100.
Dost said the band realized that having We Are Young top the Hot 100 was a big deal. But it wasnt until last summer that the group really began to see signs that it had entered the mainstream consciousness.
Summer was right around the time when we would start to play that song (We Are Young), and even if it was at a festival, or we were playing a sort of an unfamiliar crowd, we would play We Are Young and then maybe Some Nights even starting around that time, that would get a few reactions, whether or not they were fans there to see us or not, Dost said.
The rise of Fun in the music world was capped off this past February when the group won two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year (for We Are Young.) That recognition stands out to Dost as the high point of a memorable year.
The Grammys sort of cast a shadow over everything else, Dost said. Everything has been wonderful, and I dont want to take anything away from the many, many good things weve experienced, But that sort of is just the biggest for me personally. Thats such a high honor to be recognized in that way by my peers. Thats kind of the highest honor a musician can get. So that stands out for me.
Dost said the band is ready to bring a show thats fittingly big for the large venues Fun is playing this summer.
Its going to be a pretty revamped version of anything weve done, more lights, more instruments, more and bigger because we pride ourselves on being a live band first and foremost, he said. We play a lot of music, but we also know that to fill up a bigger space, you need some help. You need some lights, you need some festivity. So we want to bring this sort of big show and that spirit into wherever we are, and we also want to bring the club and the small show into those rooms, too.
After the tour wraps up, the band plans to turn its attention to making its next album. There will be major expectations, but Dost said the band is embracing the challenge.
Now theres the pressure of the next album, which is good. We like it, Dost said. Whether people are paying attention or not, were still going to be writing songs and touring and all of that good stuff. Whether or not we were a one-hit wonder or a one-album wonder, whatever we are or were, were going to be around, even if were just making records our parents buy.