In Defense of fun. and the Sublime Blandness They Do So Well
If nothing else, you should see fun. on Saturday night with me because the main fun. dude used to be the main dude in the Format, a pretty good indie-pop band that didn't make music whose sole purpose was filling up a pair of Beats By Dre. Their opus is Dog Problems, which is an album about how the guy got dumped and he didn't know what to do with the dog that he and his girlfriend owned together, which is really one of those problems that nobody tells you about when you're growing up and then suddenly you're slapped with it one day and have to make an album about. But that band is dead because not enough people cared about them, and now we have fun., a band that does a really good job of sounding like all music ever. There's literally nothing wrong with taking the money and running, especially if after you've gotten dumped you decide you could do with some exercise.
Or maybe you should go see them with me because, like every other young person under the age of 27, pop-punk was once your favorite genre of music, and fun. is the last hope of the once-great Fueled by Ramen label, which put out classics by some of your ex-favorite bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic (née !) At the Disco, Less Than Jake, The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, and the soundtrack of this season of your favorite show Girls. Just because they're a tacit reminder of your uncomfortable past doesn't mean you can't enjoy Jack Antonoff's Beatles-lite guitar solo on "Stars," right? Eh, maybe it is.
So, that's my case for you seeing fun. with me on Saturday night. We can sneak snacks in so we don't have to buy any concessions, and then we can stay out really late afterwards! Maybe even until midnight! We're gonna have the best time ever.