Nearly three years to the day since fun. released their massive breakthrough album Some Nights, the band has posted a statement on their official Facebook page reassuring fans that they are not breaking up, even while pursuing outside projects.
In 2014, frontman Nate Ruess revealed to Rolling Stone that he was beginning to write and work on new music for fun. While the post contains no information on the release of any new music, it does explain much of what has delayed the band's new album. "One thing that has always been so special about fun. is that we exist as three individuals in music who come together to do something collaborative," says the joint message from Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. "We make fun. records when we are super inspired to do so."
Since releasing Some Nights, which contained hits such as "We Are Young," "Carry On" and the title track, all three members have pursued their own solo projects. Antonoff has found success with both Bleachers and his writing partnership with Taylor Swift on her new album 1989. Ruess, who appeared on Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," has been recording his debut solo album, while Dost has been scoring films.
"The three of us are very involved and supportive of all these different projects going on within the fun family at the moment," wrote the band. "The fact that our tiny club can produce so many different kinds of music together and as individuals is very special to us."
Fun. appear unconcerned with rushing a new album, focusing on inspiration and quality rather than riding out the high of their Top 40 breakthrough. "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," the band wrote. "But making records and touring when it's 'good for business' means nothing to us. We make records and tour when we are inspired to do so."
Read the band's full statement below:
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.
as always, we'll keep you guys updated!
all our love
nate, jack and andrew