I wrote recently about the indie pop band fun (yes lowercase, yes one word, yes confusing). Just saw them in concert tonight at Chop Suey in Seattle, and they definitely lived up to their name. Despite some early sound trouble and hideous feedback, they played an energetic set that got a better response from the crowd than headliner HelloGoodbye‘s act. Single “Walk the Dog” is about as charming as it gets. They’re clearly not used to the fame yet — they mentioned several times that it was their CD debut night, and that they cracked the top 20 on iTunes, “beating Black Eyed Peas” — but their insecurity only supplements their earnest showmanship. Check out their album Aim and Ignite or their live show in a town near you.
One of the latest pop words to enter our lexicon is “funemployment” — that period of time when the newly unemployed, typically single and in their 20s and 30s, embrace their excess free time like a drunk man hugging an empty keg. One guy told the Los Angeles Times that after being laid off by Yahoo, he planned to “go to the beach and enjoy some margaritas.” After all, there’s only so much job hunting you can do in one day. For those buoyed by buyouts and looking to enjoy all the recession has given them, this band is for you: fun.
That’s what it’s called. fun.
With its debut album, Aim and Ignite, set to launch Aug. 25, this New York trio introduces itself as Silver Lining Incarnate, with singles like “At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)” and “Walking the Dog” set to be anthems for the funemployed in their never-ending summer. The lyrics are more bittersweet than bubblegum — in “Walking the Dog,” heartbreak lingers, though “It’s not like the movies/ it’s not all skin and bones.” Rich vocals and soaring melodies give the entire experience a singalong, “aw, what the hell!” feeling, leaving you thinking that maybe losing your job was the best thing that ever happened to you.
Give fun a shot. They’ll probably be in a city near you soon — they’re playing Seattle at Chop Suey on Aug. 25 (my birthday!). http://www.ournameisfun.com
(Thanks to Norm for the heads-up.)