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'Fun' indie-pop band finds inspiration in New York City

Nate Ruess of fun. (Getty Images)

Nate Ruess of fun. (Getty Images) Credit: Nate Ruess of fun. (Getty Images)

With big, joyous choruses that embrace the extravagant theatricality of a Broadway production and old-school, buoyant pop music, "Aim and Ignite" -- the 2009 debut album from the NYC band fun. -- was a refreshing change of pace from the often-morose rock coming out of Brooklyn.

The band is now gearing up for its new record, "Some Nights," and hits the Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night. While the album doesn't drop till February, the excellent first single, "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, has given fans a taste of what's to come.

amNewYork spoke with fun. frontman Nate Ruess about three reasons they love being in New York.

The food
"We are obsessed with food, and most of our time rehearsing, recording or hanging out in NYC is spent thinking about the places we are going to eat. No city has better food than NYC."

The diversity
"Being able to be yourself and be comfortable with the people around you is such a powerful and inspiring thing. NYC is the most incredible place I've been in regards to diversity. I love being surrounded by people who believe in many of the same things I believe in, and I love that there are so many different cultures and subsets of people that are crammed onto this island."

The films
"One of the greatest things about coming to NYC from a place like Phoenix is that so many movies are filmed here. So it's almost like an added dimension of empathy when you watch a Woody Allen film or any other film that was shot in New York."

If you go: fun. is at Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night at 7. 6 Delancy St., 212-533-211.

Follow Entertainment Editor Scott A. Rosenberg on Twitter: @RosenbergScottA 

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