The first band in ages to follow that old adage of "it does what it says on the tin", fun. are a new band formed out of the ashes of fantastic US should-have-been-bigger-than-they-were(-even-though-their-last-album-on-vinyl-regularly-fetches-over-£100-on-ebay)-indie-rock-band, The Format, with an ex-member of the-near-perfect-live-indie-orchestra of Anathallo, and it's the most cheerful indie-pop-rock band you'll hear this year.
Out of the few songs floating about online, "Walking The Dog" is a perfect example of fun.'s toe-tapping calypso-pop, with its cleaner-than-clean guitar lines being accompanied by cute little squealing synth sounds, and singer Nate Ruess's familiar vocals filling the entire song with hooks; Whether it's the "na-na-na"'s, or the middle section borrowing from the old Don Henley classic, "Boys Of Summer", you'll have learnt the words in no time.
"At Least I'm Not As Sad As I Used To Be" starts on more of a somber note, with Ruess asking if we have ever "wondered about our old nu-metal friends, and what became of them" over some understated piano. Of course, things then pick up again straight away because, hey, they aren't as sad as they used to be! Some absolutely lovely female vocals add to the casual upbeat nature of the song, which I'm sure has steel drums in the background, further adding to the happy-go-lucky music.
Comparison wise, if you took the afrobeat styles of last years big hype band Vampire Weekend, but replaced "Vampire" with "Sunshine", and "Weekend" with "Holidays", then you are almost there. It's music to be relaxing on a beach to, or even to be having fun to. (If there is ever a band called "Awesome", I think i'll be doomed when writing about them..!)
fun.'s debut album "Aim and Ignite" can be preordered on vinyl at http://hellomerch.com/shop/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=25&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57 and you can hear some songs yourself at http://www.myspace.com/fun
Aim and Ignite is released on August 25, 2009.