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The band members of fun. have made a name for themselves not only for their creative band name but also for their live shows and album, Aim and Ignite. TheCelebrityCafe.com spoke with Andrew Dost of the group about their recent performance at the Coachella Festival, upcoming tour dates, and plans for the future, including their newest album.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: How did you all first decide to form the band fun.?
Andrew Dost: We were all in different bands that had toured together. Nate and I had a friendship, and we had worked on a song together. And when the band broke up, we got together and started on working on stuff of our own.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: I love the band’s name. How did you come up with the name fun. for the band?
Andrew Dost: I love it too, and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet either. We were all sitting around in a comedy club because our friend is a wonderful comedian, and we were thinking of names. Someone came up with the name “Ice Cream.” And we were all trying to think of what we like about ice cream and we thought “fun.” We googled it extensively to see if anyone else was called that. As soon as we announced it, we got an email from a band in Sweden called “Fun” too. So, we added the period, and we have to make sure that our name is lower case.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: You all have very different musical backgrounds and have worked with other bands. How does this help you as a group? Are you able to put your experience with other groups to use now?
Andrew Dost: When you play in a band, you learn to listen. You learn to not step on people’s toes. Your ideas might be really good but they might not be what are best for the song. You have to learn to work as a team. It’s more than a musical partnership; it’s a life partnership because you’re with each other for such long periods of time. We all work really well together on a personal level.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: What sorts of inspirations do you draw from for your music? Do you try to stick to certain styles or really try to get a lot of variety?
Andrew Dost: People say that we sound like Queen a lot. That could be because Nate has that kind of a dynamic voice. We also really like The Beatles, but who doesn’t. And we really like Weezer as well. I think people really notice how Broadway musicals come through in our music, so this is definitely a part of our style.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: What sort of work goes into your songwriting process? Is it a band effort or do you sort of write songs individually for the group?
Andrew Dost: It varies from song to song. A lot of times, Nate brings us his lyrics and he’ll sing it and we’ll create the rest of the song around that. Sometimes another of us will have a musical part that we want to work around. And sometimes it’s just all of us banging on our instruments until we work out something that sounds like a song that we want to do.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: You all just finished doing the Coachella Festival. Can you tell me a bit about that? What’s it like to be involved with such a big event?
Andrew Dost: It’s the coolest and biggest and best festival. I would definitely attend it if we weren’t playing. The lineup was so great, and when we weren’t performing we saw like 15 other shows. It was just really great to be there with other great musicians like Kanye West, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, and so many more.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: What attracts you to certain tours and shows?
Andrew Dost: We want to tour with not only bands that we like and listen to but also bands that are similar to us as a group. Because this way, we can make the best show for the fans and it’s great to tour with groups that have a similar style. It’s tough to fit in all the locations we want to go to right now because we have to drive ourselves to our shows in a van. I think we’re upgrading to a bus soon, but every tour so far has been in a van with no time to stop and sleep.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Do you all have plans to do another album any time soon? And is there something that you would want to do for a second album based on what you did or didn’t do on the first?
Andrew Dost: We’re working on our second album now, and it should be coming out in the fall of 2011. It’s kind of going to be completely different from the first. We already have eight or nine songs, so we’re working on finishing up the rest. For this album, we’ve really pushed forward in songwriting and production. We’re not really saying a lot about the album, but it’s not going to be exactly like the first.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: What are your plans for the future? Is there anything that you all have yet to do that you want to get involved with in the future?
Andrew Dost: There are a lot more bands that we want to go on tour with. We want to find bands to tour with that will attract our old fans and new fans to the shows. We just want fans to be blown away from what they’re seeing. And we look forward to debut our new album. I think that fans who know the first album and hear the new one will be excited.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Have you adapted over time with your music and the way that you perform it?
Andrew Dost: We’ve definitely changed the one album and how we perform it live. I used to play guitar more in the show. Now, we change up the instruments, and the ranges change in the songs. We’ve also added breaks and have cut things out in certain songs. We have a lights show as well, so it’s really exciting for fans and us as a band as well. It’s not fun for audiences or for us as a band either to just see the same show over and over, so we really like to mix it up.
North American Tour 2011 Schedule
5/22 – 6/7 w/ Panic! At the Disco & Foxy Shazam
6/9 – 6/29 w/ Panic! At the Disco & Funeral Party
22 Boston, MA - House of Blues
24 New York, NY - Terminal 5
25 Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
29 Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
31 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
2 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theater
3 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
4 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
5 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
7 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
9 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
10 Milwaukee, WI - Egyptian Room @ Murat Center
11 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
12 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
14 Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
15 Houston, TX - House of Blues
17 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
18 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
19 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
21 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
22 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
24 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
26 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
28 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
29 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium