Mark Hoppus' Pick of the Week: fun.

fun.: Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost, Nate Ruess
SPIN Staff

When he's not commandeering the stage as the boisterous bassist for SoCal punks Blink-182, Tweeting wisdom to more than 1.4 million followers, or handling album production duties for bands like Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, you'd think Mark Hoppus would turn down the music.

Not. Possible.

In our new series, Hopp on Pop, Hoppus is sharing his favorite up-and-coming acts, culled from his incessant pursuit of all that rocks. (Click here to discover Mark's pick from last week, Canadian rock duo Japandroids.) Check out his second entry below, and come back to next Wednesday for Mark's next musical revelation.

Be sure to follow more of Mark's opinions and exploits via Twitter and on his blog!


New York, NY

Nate Ruess, frontman of now-defunct popsters the Format, teams with Steel Train's Jack Antonoff and Anathallo's Andrew Dost for new collection of quirky, theatrical rock songs.

"I got in touch with the Format so I could interview them for my podcast and play their music, and I ended up keeping in touch with Nate. I was a huge fan of the Format and Dog Problems was one of my favorite records of all time -- such a genius record. I was really bummed when I found out the Format were breaking up. Nate actually sent me the fun. record, Aim & Ignite, six or eight months ago and I was blown away by how imaginative and creative these guys are. "

"These are great, great pop songs and they just take it into outer space. Hopefully we can work on something in the future because I'm so inspired listening to Nate. I'm really impressed -- and a little jealous of how his spectrum is so broad."

"'At Least I'm Not as Sad (As I Used to Be).' I love the line: 'We were laughing and drinking, and smoking and singing.' It's just a rad image of good times. Very simple yet very poetic."

LISTEN: fun., "At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

WATCH: fun., "All the Pretty Girls"


00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
Now Playing
  • 1 Tiësto & KSHMR — Secrets " 04:28
  • 2 Mercies — Every Echo " 00:00
  • 3 Jimmy Whispers — Heart Don't Know " 02:32
  • 4 GRiZ — For The Love " 04:41
  • 5 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard — God Is in the Rhythm " 03:46
  • 6 FlatbushZOMBiES — Did U Ever Think feat. Joey BadA$$ & Issa Gold " 05:02
  • 7 Zuli — Better All the Time " 03:31

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA