Varsity Theater Presents
fun. ***Moved to Myth***
3090 Southlawn Dr.
St. Paul, MN, 55109
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Fun (often written as fun.) is an American indie pop band based in New York, New York that was formed by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. Ruess left Arizona to develop his career in New York City. Ruess formed the band with Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train. Fun recorded their debut album, Aim and Ignite in August 2008 with producer Steven McDonald and arranger Roger Joseph Manning Jr., the former keyboardist of Jellyfish.
Fun made its first single, "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)" available as a free download by signing up for the band's mailing list. In addition, the band announced that if Fun's Facebook page reached 40,000 fans by December 1st, a new Christmas single, "Believe In Me," would be released for free download. This goal was met, and Fun did indeed release the single for free.
In February of 2010, Fun supported Jack's Mannequin on their headline tour, along with Vedera which was followed by their first UK appearances in March. Their current touring band also includes Rob Kroehler, Emily Moore, Nate Harold, and Jon "Jonny Thunder" Goldstein.
In April of 2010, Fun supported Paramore's headline tour. Other support for the tour includes Relient K.The band then embarked on a full UK tour in May.
Hmm, where should we start here? The part where Miniature Tigers stay up all night with Neon Indian, fine-tuning the laser-like synths of their new single, "Gold Skull?" Yeah, that sounds about right.
"I won't forget that experience," says frontman Charlie Brand. "I remember the sun coming up and everyone in the room singing along. [Drummer] Rick [Schaier] was almost asleep on the floor as he did harmonies."
While that part was captured during the Manhattan-bound mixing stages of Miniature Tigers' second album (Fortress, out July 27 on Modern Art Records), the rest of the record was tackled at Dreamland, a converted 19th-century church that's hosted everyone from Beach House to the B-52s. As you might imagine given its location -- deep in the woods of Upstate New York -- this led to some other late nights, ones that involved abject terror. But hey, that's what happens when you decide to watch The Shining in a place that could double as a Friday the 13th set.
"That movie put us in a weird headspace," explains Brand, "so we decided to go nuts on 'Mansion of Misery', starting with the drums. We also wailed on the guitars, making everything as loud as we possibly could."
The result is one hell of an curtain-raising cut, as heavenly harmonies and tension-building effects segue into a sudden explosion of crushed cymbals and powder keg chords. So while it'd be easy to draw the usual reference points here (the two B's: Brian Wilson and the Beatles), something's a little off about Miniature Tigers' indie pop presentations, whether we're talking about the delirious chorus lines of "Bullfighter Jacket," the hooting and hollering of "Lolita," or the 'shroom-munching waking dream of "Coyote Enchantment." And reigning in all the chaos, why, it's none other than Chris Chu of the Morning Benders, applying the same widescreen approach that worked wonders on his own Big Echo LP.
"We like to push what doesn't work sometimes," says Brand, "and he helped balance that out for us. Chris is also very organized, focused and serious, which is nice, because we aren't at all."
That's not totally true. After all, the band's come a long way since Rolling Stone named them one of MySpace's 25 best artists in late 2006. For one thing, Brand and Schaier finally have a steady lineup now, rounded out by guitarist Algernon Quashie and bassist Alex Gerber. The band played over 200 dates last year supporting their debut album Tell It To the Volcano with the likes of The Morning Benders, Bishop Allen, The Spinto Band and then there was the Ben Folds tour where Brand figured out what not to say onstage in front of their biggest crowds yet.
"I made a weird joke about being on acid at this college basketball arena," he says. "I don't even remember what I was talking about. I was dying up there."
He won't be any longer.
“Due to an aggressive ongoing renovation schedule to enable us to better accommodate our fans, The Brick will be unable to host the Fun. show on April 13. We apologize for any inconvenience to the fans.”
All previously purchased tickets will be honored at this new venue. More tickets will be made available at 5pm today, April 2nd.
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