Fun. - Picturehouse, Edinburgh, Mon 15 Apr 2013
The New Yorkers' music may sometimes sound contrived, but Fun. bring a, er, fun live show
'You guys are awesome', Fun. frontman Nate Ruess declares, grinning like a Cheshire cat. Given their decibel-raising reception it’s easy to see why he looks ecstatic. The sold-out Edinburgh show felt predictably young, although a contingent of different ages promised more than just teenybopper appeal.
Opening with ‘Out On The Town’ the likeable New York band included Some Nights album tracks ‘One Foot’ and ‘It Gets Better’ in their early epic-pop setlist; delivering older material too with similar vigour. Ruess himself proved captivating to watch, his boundless energy and smile-raising enthusiasm characterising a distinctive vocal. The five-piece band also generating some credible instrumental moments.
Production-wise it was minimal, with occasional strobes and an apt starlit background, illuminated for slower numbers. A cover of the Rolling Stones ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and album title track ‘Some Nights’ were crowd-pleasing highlights while the band’s cataclysmic hit ‘We Are Young’ was saved for the encore.
Throughout there was an element of the contrived, particularly lyrically, that leads to a questionable longevity. What Fun. have however is crowd-appeal in spades and their live performance evidences only an upward trajectory.