Fun. stopped by the Wachusett Mountain ski lodge for an exclusive performance, and they sat down with Gina J to talk about their first year at the GRAMMYs, who they’d love to work with, playing the White House and more.
To say it’s been a whirlwind year for Fun. is an understatement– their debut album Some Nights is a smash hit, and now they’re up for six GRAMMY nominations. But the boys are ready to see how things play out next month… although they do have some concerns.
“Can they retract a nomination?” Nate wondered.
“If you do something horrible enough, I would imagine they can retract it,” joked Jack.
“Like admit to using steroids?” Nate quipped.
“Metaphorical, musical steroids… This is not actually music,” Jack snapped back.
Each nomination is an honor Fun. very seriously appreciates, but the one category they’re most excited for is Best Album. “It recognizes the whole album, versus one song,” explained Jack. “That one, I think is really cool.”
This will be the band’s first trip to the GRAMMYs, and before the nominations came out, they were planning to go just to live the experience. “I was thinking that because we joined the Academy this year, we’d go either way,” said Jack. “It feels really good, to have wanted to go to witness it, and actually now have a reason to go.”
The band will have some stiff competition this year, but they’re not approaching the GRAMMYs with any rivalry in mind. “We’re not really looking at it like a competition,” Nate explained. “We’re really happy to be nominated… especially in the company of Jack White and Frank Ocean. Everybody in every category is so amazing we’re just not competitive, we’re just happy to be in that company.”
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One sure sign of the band’s new found fame is getting recognized– even when it’s not actually them! Jack’s glasses, for example, are becoming visually iconic, to the point that one of the skiers at Wachusett Mountain was mistaken the drummer. He feels it’s only fair, since he’s been inspired by so many styles himself. “I’ve copied so many people before me, that if anyone did wear these glasses– from Fred Armisen to Woody Allen– they deserve more credit than me.”
And even after becoming kind of a big deal, Fun. readily admits they still get starstruck. It happened recently, as the band had the chance to play with Counting Crows, and there’s more artists they’d love to collaborate with in the future. “Paul McCartney would be pretty cool,” Nate pondered. Jack added an explanation for what he feels makes a great artist team-up, saying “Playing with someone is like [seeing] a free show with a band you love. It’s cool to do things that you would have paid money for.”
Fun. will be star struck in a very different way soon, as they approach their big appearance at the White House for one of President Obama’s Inauguration events. They’ll get the chance to shake hands with the President… but fans shouldn’t expect any Al Roker situations. The newscaster admitted publicly last week that he had an accidental bowel movement at the White House, which was news to the guys from Fun. “That’s really disrespectful [to admit],” said Nate. “I’m not trying to start an Al Roker beef.”
While he’s excited about playing for the President, Nate did admit he’s a little nervous. “I’m stressed out in situations where my normal antics could mean me getting mowed down,” he joked. Although based on their past experience, Andrew is the one who should be concerned, as he has a tendency to get the short end of the stick in their travels. “Andrew should be the most worried, because whenever we go to foreign countries, they pick him out,” Jack joked. “He’s always the one getting picked out, and checked for diseases and whatnot.”
But it’s a false alarm, as Andrew quickly points out. “I’m really quite healthy,” he quipped.
Listen to Gina’s entire interview here:
–Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford