The show has been sold out for weeks, and it’s just one sellout among many on the band’s tour schedule this spring. (No, I don’t have tickets. Sorry! People have been asking me for two weeks.)
I am, of course, talking about rock trio fun., a band that has come out of nowhere for some. But if you were observant, you’ve seen them touring like mad and opening for bands such as Paramore, Jack’s Mannequin, Relient K and others.
They also have the distinction of being the only rock band to have a No. 1 single (“We Are Young”) since Nickelback did more than 10 years ago.
That tune and others from the band’s latest album, “Some Nights,” are catchy without being overly poppy and it’s no surprise that fun.’s show tonight at Slowdown is sold out.
Last week, fun.’s Jack Antonoff called from Ft. Collins, Col., to talk about all of it (including how the band deals with forlorn, ticketless fans facing sold out shows).
Q. How is this tour going?
A. It’s going great. Probably the most exciting tour I’ve ever done in 12 years of touring.
Q. What’s it like to see “sold out” next to all of those dates?
A. It’s really cool. You know, I always love touring. I hope people come to the show and I hope we don’t play to three people. I know that feeling really well. So, the idea of having that stress taken care of is pretty special.
The crowds have been amazing. A lot of bands can sell out shows, but not a lot of bands can have the relationship with the audience that we do.
Q. A lot of the songs on “Some Nights” are very beat heavy. At least, that’s what pulls you into the song. Is that intentional?
A. Absolutely. Most people, when they hear the song, the first thing they hear is the beat and the vocal. The production and the lyrics is the second thing.
Imagine hearing “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles for the first time or “Born to Run” (by Bruce Springsteen). The drums and the beat in the music is the physical side. The lyrics and production are the emotional side.
Also, we all grew up playing in punk bands and being really intense onstage. The strong beats make it so that we can really get into it.
Q. When you guys are creating a song, where does it start?
A. It usually starts in Nick’s head. We’ll build from there. He’ll come up with the idea and we’ll map up the chorus and chord changes and structure.
Then it’s the drums and the beat and how it’s gonna feel. You can make something go from a ballad to a giant bouncing thing. It’s really about he lyrics and melody and how it’s supposed to sound — how big it’s supposed to be. Then, production-wise, how do we want people to react to it? Do we want to have people fly out of their seat or bob their head or go into a trance?
Q. How did you get into music?
A. My dad played guitar and I always wanted to because of him. Being a child of the ’90s and living through all of that music, and wanting to play and play hard, nothing was cooler to me and I always wanted that.
The first band I was ever in, I played guitar. We did Gary Glitter and Green Day covers at the time. We were called Fizz. I have no idea why we picked that. We were like 12 years old.
Q. Before fun., your bands all broke up. How did you end up coming together?
A. Nate was in a band called The Format. I had known Nate for five or six years at that point. It was a similar story with Andrew. We were all fans of each other and knew each other. We thought we’d be a dream team based on what we all wanted to do artistically.
After Nate’s band broke up, literally five minutes later, he called us and asked if we wanted to play. We went up to New Jersey and started writing songs. That was the beginning of fun.
That was four years ago.
Q. It must be nice to have all these sold out shows, including Omaha, but have you gotten any blowback from fans wishing you were playing bigger places?
A. That’s a tough thing. We want to accommodate all of our fans, but we don’t want to play in a bunch of big, sterile arenas. Right now, we’re being really careful and being really selectful of what venues we choose for the future. Our (idea) is that our fans want to come to our shows and also put on great shows in palces we want to play in.
People have been tweeting at us, “You guys suck. I’ve been a fan for so long and now I can’t go.” That’s heartbreaking, but we’re not ready to go into whatever bank center arena and do a big sterile show. We want to get there slowly.
I think there’s an art to moving forward and playing live music.