Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New York's Fun Say New 'Friends' Emerging since Band's Hit Single 'We Are Young': Fun Say 'Friends' Emerging since Hit Single

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New York's Fun Say New 'Friends' Emerging since Band's Hit Single 'We Are Young': Fun Say 'Friends' Emerging since Hit Single

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TORONTO - If there's a down side to having a No. 1 hit single, New York indie-pop trio Fun has found it.

Suddenly, the "We Are Young" chart-toppers have distant acquaintances emerging from the woodwork looking for tickets and other hookups.

Considering that all three members of the group have spent the past decade kicking around in other established bands -- singer Nate Ruess fronted the Format, guitarist Jack Antonoff headed up Steel Train and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost played in Anathallo -- the sudden enthusiasm from the trio's extended circle isn't entirely welcome.

"Jack was talking to my dad on the phone the other day -- if that sounds weird, it is -- and my dad was telling him that my ex-girlfriend from seventh grade had called asking for tickets to a show," Ruess said during an interview in Toronto this week.

"For us, it's hard. We've been doing this for 10 years. We've been doing it and we've been doing it professionally, all of us, and we've had some level of success.... But all of a sudden for people to come out just now.

"It fuels a nice fire. I like being angry about stuff. This is the perfect opportunity."

Added Antonoff: "Bitterness is never a good thing but in this situation I feel like we have every reason to be like: 'Where were you?'"

Of course, the band certainly hasn't had trouble locating its audience since the ornate pop anthem "We Are Young" soared to the top of the charts.

The song hit No. 1 in Canada and the U.S., buoyed in part by a "Glee" cover and a prime spot in a Chevrolet Super Bowl commercial.

The band's sophomore album, "Some Nights," dropped soon afterward and hit No. 3 on the U.S. charts, a special accomplishment for an idiosyncratic record of tunes that revel in a glam grandeur that doesn't always play well commercially.

While the anthem "Young" is veritably huge, the three low-key band members haven't exactly turned into overnight celebrities. None of the dozen or so patrons consumed by a televised soccer game seems to recognize any of the band members as they shuffle into a bowling-alley bar for this interview, even when Antonoff asks one customer about the food he's picking away at on his plate. …

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