The genre simply defined as “Power Pop” has been getting more than its share of exposure in Pittsburgh the past few weeks with The New Pornographers playing a free show at CMU’s Spring Carnival, local acts The Triggers, Donora and Good Night, States all playing in front of national tours featuring the likes of Headlights, Anathallo, The Love Language and Jennifer O’Connor.
This healthy trend continues through tonight as fun. (featuring former members of The Format and Anathallo) play Mr. Small’s with overgrown emo rockers The Manchester Orchestra. The Format’s 2006 album Dog Problems continues to be one of my favorite and criminally underrated releases of the past three years and was due in large part to vocalist Nate Ruess’ (current member of fun.) mature song writing and Burt Bacharach-like ear for complex melody which elevated The Format above well above your run of the mill Alex Chilton ripoffs (I am looking at you, Chester French). Mp3’s after the jump
Ruess brings his steady, taste-making pop sensibilities front and center on fun.’s first single “At Least I’m Not as Sad (as I Used to be)” which shows off a playful nursery rhyme call and response, seamless transitions between intricate bridges and extended choruses, and more dancey swagger than The Format ever possessed. A full length by fun. is expected in the immediate future, but for now, only the lead single is posted on their MySpace page. Here’s a hint: go see fun.’s live show this Saturday and soak up ever damn song they have to offer.