Nate Ruess shared “Great Big Storm” off his June 16 solo collection, Grand Romantic, on Monday, and it’s easily one of the most appropriately titled tracks of the year. Frenzied and bursting with characteristic energy, it echoes Queen and feels closer to fun. than any of the other tracks off Grand Romantic the Grammy-winning artist has previously shared. (“Nothing Without Love” and “AhHa” leaned towards his stint as the now defunct The Format’s frontman.)
Ruess will play a select number of dates in support of the collection — he’ll make notable stops at New York City’s Webster Hall and Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. A full list is available on the singer’s website. He is also the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday.
Despite fun. bandmate Jack Antonoff’s formerly-side-project-status-but-now-seemingly-full-time-gig Bleachers and Ruess’s Grand Romantic, the group — which also features Andrew Dost — assured fans they were anything but done. They posted a letter to their website that quickly dispelled the rumors: “First and foremost to answer the question that has been raised most often: fun is not breaking up.” They did not offer any timeline as to when new music might be expected.