They've got two anthemic songs in the Top 20 and an album that has sold 446,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but fun. didn't go into recording "Some Nights" with some grandiose plan to be the year's breakout band.
"One of my favorite things about writing for 'Some Nights' was it didn't start until about a month before we had to go into the studio," frontman Nate Ruess tells Billboard during a break from their Walmart Soundcheck concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg recently. "And so it was like catching lightning in a bottle."
When it comes to developing their next album, well, they aren't really. "I'm trying not to think about working with anyone, writing a song," says Ruess. "I'd rather just enjoy this, cuz it's worth enjoying."
Guitarist Jack Antonoff says that when it does come time to write again, the New York-based trio will be "pretty great at knowing how to do that… And it'll just be another thing that'll file into that world of like, this is what it is."
Keyboardist Andrew Dost chimed in that, "our goal first and foremost is to make things we like."
Fun.'s brand of bombastic, operatic, fist-raising rock was on full display at the Soundcheck performance, in which they played tracks off "Some Nights" and their 2009 debut. You can watch "Why Am I the One," "Carry On," "Barlights" and "We Are Young," which spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 this year, here. Also, follow that link to enter a contest to bring a Soundcheck concert to your town.