fun. at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/6/2013
I've got fantastic news for anyone who has been searching, was concerned, or had altogether given up: not every band today is content to half-heartedly mumble indie drivel into microphones while nonchalantly touching their instruments. Doubtful Houstonians, I give you fun.
I must preface this review by saying that I saw fun. in Paris this summer. What started as a one-off, cool addition to my jaunt in the City of Lights became the clear highlight of my week. I was beyond impressed by the group's performance, and immediately excited to see them again. Sunday night's show at Cynthia Woods did not disappoint.
fun. brought two groups of very cute young people as openers: Roscoe Bandana (energetic Mississippi indie-folk) and L.A.'s Hunter Hunted, whose sound would lend itself well to a road trip: it's high-energy enough to keep you awake, but not overly dancey that you might accidentally crash the car. And mad props for being ballsy enough to cover the Pixies, with a dialed-down version of "Where Is My Mind?", and actually succeed.
Before fun. came on the stage, I had to ask myself if I thought the Paris show was as amazing as it had felt because, well, I was in Paris (and because I was a tad lit up on Beaujolais). But from the second that Nate Ruess opened his mouth and sang the opening notes to the "Some Nights Intro," I knew it wasn't just Paris that had enchanted me. It was the talent of this band.
As the show progressed, the audience learned that the group has been touring for two years nonstop and Sunday was their third to last show. But fun. sounded like this could be their third of the tour. Ruess can hold a note for days and it rings clear as a bell. Surprisingly, Jack Antonoff can shred on lead guitar and never seem tired. Andrew Dost is a force on piano and keyboard, and the rest of fun.'s touring group are like a band of renaissance players.
From the start of the show, one thing was very clear: Nate Ruess loves his job. If he is tired from touring, it did not show the least. His infectious smile told the audience a very clear story; that he is full of appreciation and loves his life. It says thank you.
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