The New York-based indie pop band fun. performed the first of two sold out San Francisco shows, last Wednesday, March 28, at The Independent.
Starting off the evening was supporting act Avalanche City. Headed up by New Zealand native David Baxter and accompanied by Jon Titterington and Laura Musten, the trio of musicians set the tone for what was to be an amazing night of music. Making use of an accordion, mandolin, and glockenspiel, the melodic folk-pop act received a warm reception from the audience, while performing songs from the Love, Love, Love EP, which was released in the U.S. earlier this month. At about 9:45 p.m., the excited crowd became deafening as fun. hit the stage
The band kicked off their set with,the hip hop-influenced “One Foot” off of their new album, Some Nights, which featured keyboardist Andrew Dost on trumpet and touring member Emily Moore on saxophone. Lead singer Nate Ruess moved animatedly around stage to pump up the spirited crowd. In between songs, a huge smile appeared across the frontman's face as he looked out into the crowd before jumping into “Walking The Dog,” off of the band’s first album, Aim and Ignite.
I always wonder what bands will sound like in comparison to their record when I see them perform live, and fun. is the real deal. Ruess, whose voice at times is reminiscent of Freddie Mercury, showcased his vocal ability throughout the 15-song set. He seemed to pull off larger notes almost effortlessly, while his bandmates, the exuberant guitar player Jack Antonoff and the aforementioned Dost, brought the band's catchy pop melodies to life, along with touring members Moore (saxophone/acoustic guitar/keyboard), Nate Harold (bass guitar), and Will Noon (drums).