11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While he came to prominence as the guitarist for fun., Jack Antonoff formerly fronted the pop-punk upstarts Steel Train and has written songs for the likes of Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles. He's a pro, in other words, and his craftsmanship shines through on the debut of his new project, Bleachers. Packing more '80s punch than a pair of legwarmers and a can of Tab, Strange Desire looks to acts like Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, and Duran Duran for inspiration. "Wake Me" has some "Voices Carry" ethereal slow-jam magic to it, and "Rollercoaster" sounds like Blink-182 covering "Dancing in the Dark." Even Yoko Ono shows up to add some angular '80s experimentalism. Yet the smash single "I Want to Get Better" is distinctly of-the-moment, a mash of looped pianos and choral chanting that makes for one of the summer's most unlikely jams.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While he came to prominence as the guitarist for fun., Jack Antonoff formerly fronted the pop-punk upstarts Steel Train and has written songs for the likes of Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles. He's a pro, in other words, and his craftsmanship shines through on the debut of his new project, Bleachers. Packing more '80s punch than a pair of legwarmers and a can of Tab, Strange Desire looks to acts like Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, and Duran Duran for inspiration. "Wake Me" has some "Voices Carry" ethereal slow-jam magic to it, and "Rollercoaster" sounds like Blink-182 covering "Dancing in the Dark." Even Yoko Ono shows up to add some angular '80s experimentalism. Yet the smash single "I Want to Get Better" is distinctly of-the-moment, a mash of looped pianos and choral chanting that makes for one of the summer's most unlikely jams.

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About Bleachers

New York City-based indie rock band Bleachers is the solo project of Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. Formed while Antonoff was touring in support of Fun.'s Grammy-nominated 2012 album, Some Nights, Bleachers' slick and emotional pop music is heavily influenced by the '80s and the high-school-based films of John Hughes, while still using modern production techniques. Their debut single, "I Wanna Get Better," was released in the spring of 2014 by RCA, with an album, Strange Desire, following that summer. The record was produced in part by John Hill and Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure), and featured appearances by Yoko Ono and Grimes. After the record's release, Antonoff put together a live band and launched a tour that lasted through much of 2015. That September, Bleachers released Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2, which featured versions of all the songs from Strange Desire performed by female artists, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle King, Tinashe, and Antonoff's sister Rachel. For 2017's Gone Now, which reunited Bleachers with Clarke and featured a cameo by Lorde, he took inspiration from his memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his sister's death from cancer when he was 18. He recorded the album in his home studio and previewed the album in an art installation that replicated his childhood bedroom. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    2013

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