Fun. are not, technically, a one-hit wonder since the 2013 Best New Artist Grammy winners actually had a string of big songs from their Grammy-winning Some Nights smash. Surely you remember "Some Nights," "Carry On" and the once-inescapable "We Are Young?"
But after touring the world and crushing the game, the trio made of up singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and keyboardist Andrew Dost have kind of gone quiet over the past year, which, of course, led to rumors of their potential demise. Antonoff released an album and toured hard with his band Bleachers, Ruess has appeared on hits with Pink and Eminem and Dost wrote the score for the Jack Black/James Mardsen film The D Train.
And while they did release a one-off new single, "Harsh Lights," last summer, after debuting it on "The Tonight Show," the track barely charted and then quickly disappeared. All, that, of course, led to speculation that the trio's 7-year, two-album run might be done.
But then, out of the blue, they posted a note on Wednesday clarifying the situation.
A lot of you have been asking us for an update on when to expect new music from fun. As you know, we like to give you guys news and updates when they are ready, but there has been a lot of recent chatter and we hear you and wanted to speak to you directly to explain a few things.so here goes-
first and foremost to answer the question that has been raised most often: fun is not breaking up.
fun was founded by the 3 of us at a time when we were coming out of our own bands. one thing that has always been so special about fun is that we exist as 3 individuals in music who come together to do something collaborative. we make fun records when we are super inspired to do so. currently nate is working on his first solo album, andrew is scoring films and jack is on tour and working on bleachers music. the 3 of us have always followed inspiration wherever it leads us. sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors outside of fun. we see all of it as part of the ecosystem that makes fun, fun.
you guys are EVERYTHING to us. honestly. We want to treat YOU GUYS (our amazing fan base) with the respect you deserve; and that is by making music when we are fully ready to make it and never giving you guys anything that is less than 100%. “Some Nights” was a successful album and it would have been very easy for us to jump back in the studio and capitalize on our momentum. but making records and touring when its “good for business” means nothing to us. we make records and tour when we are inspired to do so. that is the very reason why we have built such a special connection with all of you. that is how we can be the most honest to the people who support our music.
It’s also important for you guys to know that the 3 of us are very involved and supportive of all these different projects going on within the fun family at the moment. that fact that our tiny club can produce so many different kinds of music together and as individuals is very special to us.
Despite the denial, Billboard speculated that we may have seen the last of fun. Citing multiple unnamed sources, the magazine reported on Thursday (Feb. 5) that the three men are on "shaky terms" and that week, or even months go by with little or no communication between them due to a "clash of egos."
Ruess is reportedly working on a solo album with fun. producer Jeff Bhasker, with no timetable set yet for its release, while Dost has been playing out on his own and is seeking a publishing deal.