It’s only been a few years since the band fun. went mainstream, but it feels like forever, doesn’t it? The band changed the sound of pop music and radio with singles like “We Are Young” and “Some Nights”, and now one of them is looking to do so again.
Since the campaign for their Some Nights album has wound down, each of the three members has gone their own way and started up solo projects and new bands, as they all had before fun. was around. Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers found a hit in “I Wanna Get Better”, and lead singer Nate Ruess nabbed another number one hit by duetting with Pink on “Just Give Me A Reason”. He must have liked the sight of his name on the charts, as he is now making a play for a solo career of his own, although this time he won’t be hiding behind any band name.
“Nothing Without Love” sounds like the obvious next step for the fun. bandleader, and like a cut that could have been left off their last album. With a focus on drums, piano, and big backing vocals (to underline his already distinctive chops), Ruess keeps that fun. sound going, which is good for fans who may have been distraught by the announcement that the band is on hiatus.
The single, which proclaims the power of love and how our protagonist would be lost if not for it, features Lykke Li on vocals, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and an explosive video from Anthony Mandler, a go-to director for the likes of Jay Z, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. The song is just the first taste of his upcoming solo album, which is expected later this year.