Walking The Dog
Release: Hassle, 22 November 2010
New York three-piece fun. are currently supporting Paramore on their UK tour, and if ‘Walking the Dog’ is anything to go by, then we could be hearing more of them in the near future. The song is at times infuriating but undeniably catchy, and laden with so many hooks it should reside in an abattoir. There’s no denying that ‘Walking the Dog’ is a well-crafted pop song by a band and a songwriter who know their way around a hit, although it is a little too cute for its own good.
The clipped guitars channel the essence of Vampire Weekend, although the song doesn’t really stray far enough off the beaten track to truly stand out in amongst the indie-pop crowd. The performances on the single are impressive across the board, with a cheeky drum intro and a suitably fuzzy disco-bassline complementing the tone of the song perfectly. Nate Ruess’ voice impresses throughout with vocal harmonies bursting out at every opportunity although, on the pre-chorus especially, he resembles a certain Mika, which is either a good or a (very) bad thing depending on your taste.
In essence, this is an extremely competent release from fun., althoug,h with their obvious talents of songwriting and musical ability evident throughout the three-minutes-40 track, it would have been nice to see Ruess and co trying to add a little darkness to the bright beacon of pop that ‘Walking the Dog’ turns out to be.