The band Fun. blew the fuck up in 2012 with the album Some Nights, but they haven’t gotten around to recording a follow-up, and they don’t seem to be in any hurry. Last year, Jack Antonoff recorded a well-received album with his solo side project Bleachers, and he wrote songs and produced for Taylor Swift. Singer Nate Ruess, meanwhile, has guested on songs from Pink and Eminem, and he’s working on a solo album with Some Nights producer Jeff Bhasker, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost scored the Jack Black independent film The D Train. For a while, there have been rumors that these guys can’t stand each other. but last night, as Billboard points out, they put up a long statement on Facebook claiming that they’re still a band, even if they are going through some things. Here’s what they write:
A lot of you have been asking us for an update on when to expect new music from fun. As you know, we like to give you guys news and updates when they are ready, but there has been a lot of recent chatter and we hear you and wanted to speak to you directly to explain a few things.
so here goes-
first and foremost to answer the question that has been raised most often: fun is not breaking up.
fun was founded by the 3 of us at a time when we were coming out of our own bands. one thing that has always been so special about fun is that we exist as 3 individuals in music who come together to do something collaborative. we make fun records when we are super inspired to do so. currently nate is working on his first solo album, andrew is scoring films and jack is on tour and working on bleachers music. the 3 of us have always followed inspiration wherever it leads us. sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors outside of fun. we see all of it as part of the ecosystem that makes fun, fun.
you guys are EVERYTHING to us. honestly. We want to treat YOU GUYS (our amazing fan base) with the respect you deserve; and that is by making music when we are fully ready to make it and never giving you guys anything that is less than 100%. Some Nights was a successful album and it would have been very easy for us to jump back in the studio and capitalize on our momentum. but making records and touring when its “good for business” means nothing to us. we make records and tour when we are inspired to do so. that is the very reason why we have built such a special connection with all of you. that is how we can be the most honest to the people who support our music.
It’s also important for you guys to know that the 3 of us are very involved and supportive of all these different projects going on within the fun family at the moment. that fact that our tiny club can produce so many different kinds of music together and as individuals is very special to us.
as always, we’ll keep you guys updated!
all our love
nate, jack and andrew
(via Fun.’s Facebook)
That Bleachers album, it’s worth noting, is really good.
Of course, there was the matter of informing those bandmates that there would be no new fun. album. Ruess admits that the news wasn’t received well when he told them late last summer. “I handled things poorly. It was a sloppy, long, kind of ‘Guys, I’ve got something that I really want to do, and I need the opportunity to do that,'” he says, in between diplomatic pauses. “The emotional me got in there, but I was gonna be a lot happier making this album by myself.
“Sometimes when you act, you just act like a fool,” he continues. “You just hope that you learn from it.”
It’ll feature Jeff Tweedy on one track and production by Jeff Bhasker, who recently worked on Ruess’ girlfriend’s brother Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special.