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the band WRITTEN BY SUMMER BELLESSA / PHOTOGRAPHED BY MATT SLOAN


WE WERE ABLE TO COME TO YOUR SHOW IN PHOENIX. HOW WAS IT PLAYING IN YOUR HOMETOWN FOR YOUR BIGGEST FANS AND YOUR FAMILY? It’s always great playing in Phoenix. There is an energy there like few other places and it’s bittersweet every time we’ve played there. I’m always expecting tomatoes to be thrown at my head but it’s been quite the opposite. WHO/WHAT DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM FOR THIS ALBUM? A lot of different things... what was going on in my life at the time, where I was living, and a lot of musical theatre and elo. FOR BEING SO YOUNG, YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD A LOT OF CAREER UPS AND DOWNS. ARE YOU IN THE SCHOOL OF THOUGHT THAT WHATEVER DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER? HOW STRONG ARE YOU? I am a little bit. I’m from that deceptive school of “no regrets.” I wouldn’t change how 95% of the things in my life have panned out. It could probably be argued by people that know me well that it’s made me a little bit of an emotionless robot. But I feel like I avoid feelings and confrontation in the real world for songs. Maybe it’s selfish, but it works for me. WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM FUN? More touring. More records. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR YOUR LIFE? Now is probably a bad time to ask. By choice my life is in a state of flux right now and I’m trying to enjoy being a little more sporadic. I’m not exactly waiting for an epiphany; I just want to take some time without


feeling tied down to too much and figure out what works best for me. My bet is that it will constantly change. DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE CHARITY PROJECTS? Charity is good :) YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC AS POP, BUT MOST OF YOUR INSPIRATIONS AREN'T. DO YOU THINK POP HAS CHANGED? WHY ARE YOU DRAWN TO POP? I think of pop in the ‘60s Beatles sense. In that regard it hasn’t changed but I suppose it stands for “popular.” I just have no other way of describing our music. Nor do I really enjoy doing it. But I think I’m drawn to the type of music I write because it reflects on my personality. I feel like there should be proper ups and downs in music. Not so much just one or the other. DO YOU HAVE ANYONE WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH? Danger Mouse? I dunno. I feel lucky to have collaborated with the people I have so far. WHY FUN.? We had to announce our first tour and we didn't have a band name yet. That one had been at the top of the list for five months so when prompted we chose it. IS THERE A QUESTION YOU WISH YOU WERE ASKED? “How are you doing? Really? No really, how are you doing?” THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING SO FABULOUS, CREATIVE AND TALENTED. WE ARE BIG FANS AND LOOK FORWARD TO FOLLOWING EVERYTHING YOU PUT OUT Thanks a lot.


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