SXSW 2012: Is Fun.’s #1 Single “We Are Young” Really About The Clap? We Asked!

by (@unclegrambo)

Fun.‘s sophomore LP, Some Nights, just came out to strong reviews and even stronger sales, buoyed by the phenomenal success of the album’s first single, “We Are Young” (which recently hit #1 on the Billboard charts). The song’s subject matter is a bit mysterious in nature, so when we caught up with the three gents who make up the band in Austin during the 2012 South By Southwest Music Festival, the very first thing we asked them was to clear up the debate surrounding the meaning of the song’s line, “I know I gave it to you months ago.”

“[It's about] The Clap,” Fun. lead singer Nate Ruess deadpanned when we asked him. Admittedly, our jaws instantly hit the floor, but then the guys started laughing. “It’s not literal, having written it,” Nate confessed. “The whole song, also isn’t necessarily about something specific. I think it’s taking insecurities and nights out and combining them into one night. It’s not literal.” PHEW.

One of the things that sets Fun. apart from a lot of their contemporaries in the Billboard Hot 100 is that their focus when recording Some Nights was on creating a cohesive album, not just a bunch of thematically disparate “hit” singles. “We’re kind of retro dudes, just from our musical backgrounds,” Nate explained. “We wanted to take that classic music element and add a little bit of futuristic feel to it.”

We also couldn’t resist asking the band, which also includes Andrew Dost (left) and Jack Antonoff (middle), if they had any picks for March Madness. It turns out that not only are the guys sports fans, but they’re also betting men. To find out who the guys are putting their money on in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, watch the video below.

Fun. Gets Interviewed By VH1 At SXSW 2012

[Photo: Jen Marigliano/VH1]