We’d like to introduce you to the Bleachers, the indie/pop act fronted by Jack Antonoff and joined by his live band when on stage. After forming in 2014, Bleachers have become a worldwide success. Even if you think you have never heard of Jack Antonoff, we’re sure you definitely remember fun.– he was a member of that band, too!
In an interview with Live Nation, Jack reveals that he’s been playing music since he can remember, growing up in a musical household ignited this passion and it never really left. Since Jack started his professional career, he’s written and produced songs for major artists such as Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Kevin Abstract. He also co-wrote and produced the majority of the songs on the soundtrack for the 2018 hit movie Love, Simon. His involvement with all of these projects has resulted in one Golden Globe nomination, and five Grammy award wins. If this isn’t enough to convince you that Jack is one of the most talented artists in the music industry right now, hopefully, our top five picks of Bleachers songs that you need to hear will help convince you!
‘I Wanna Get Better’
This is the lead single from Bleachers’ debut album which topped the charts and even got to the number one spot – just a glimpse into the success that was yet to come. The song is a masterpiece lyrically and is accompanied by an upbeat melody featuring powerful piano notes. Towards the end of the song, the pace picks up just before we hear one of the most powerful guitar solos we’ve ever heard! However, the melody in this song is so spectacular that it is easy to miss the hard-hitting lyrics on the first listen. When speaking about writing this song, Jack Antonoff explained that the message is heavy – telling the story of every bad thing that had happened in his life. This includes Jack’s experience with the grief of losing his sister and his cousin within the span of two years. This rawness and vulnerability that went into the songwriting process even on the first release, show just how talented Jack Antonoff is and the bond he wanted to create with the fans of Bleachers.
‘Let’s Get Married’
When we first heard this song, we knew instantly that this was gonna be our go-to track in order to aid our dreams of being in a coming-of-age movie. The track comes from Bleachers’ second album, Gone Now. It tells the story of how it feels to fall in love with someone so deeply, that you want to better yourself for them. It also perfectly explains the feeling of being so happy with a significant other that you just wanna scream ‘let’s get married!’ whenever you can. Every single Bleachers song that we’ve listened to really does tell a story, but this one, in particular, left us feeling so fulfilled. This track just really is the perfect summer song that will make you wanna scream the lyrics whilst hugging somebody you love and appreciating the small things in life.
‘Everybody Lost Somebody’
This song also comes from Bleachers’ sophomore album, Gone Now, opening with a powerful saxophone solo which adds a really nice touch. When announcing the release of this track, Jack took to Twitter to share his songwriting experience. He explained that the more he thought about it, the more he realized that we’re all going through our own struggles and we have all suffered great losses – ‘everybody lost somebody.’ For Jack, this loss was his younger sister and he says that this loss is in everything he does, and everything he writes. This is what makes this track one of the most personal songs Bleachers have released – it comes straight from the heart and we can really feel/hear the pain. In the same post on Twitter, Jack reassured his fans that they shouldn’t feel too sad when they hear this song live because the shows are there to celebrate the heaviness of life. Overall, this track and its lyrics tackle one of the hardest to talk about topics with such care and delicacy in a way that we have never seen before, which is part of what makes Bleachers so important.
Coming from the debut album, Shadow is a song that, for us, feels like a promise not to give up on a relationship. The song tells a story of love, and how sometimes we can grow bored after a while, but not for Bleachers! In the lyrics, it is explained that “how love dies, is a place that I’m not going” because the love is too strong, it can never fade away. Alongside these comforting lyrics, the song is accompanied by a catchy chorus and a powerful bridge. After listening to this track for the first time, it was stuck in our heads for days, but we definitely didn’t complain!
‘chinatown’ (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
‘Chinatown is one of the two most recent singles put out by Bleachers, the second one being ’45.’ This song is the perfect transition between the last album and the new Bleachers era. After its release in November 2020, Jack confirmed that we can expect the third Bleachers album soon – but the date is still TBA. Not only is this song perfect in terms of melody and lyrics, but it also features the classic singer-songwriter, Bruce Springsteen! The lyrics of the song tell a story of falling in love, whilst referencing imagery of both New York City and New Jersey.
Jack Antonoff has always been very vocal about his loyalty and love for where he grew up – the Suburbs of New Jersey, describing it as the feeling of being on the outside of a window, looking into the party. This could link to the lyric “I’ll take you out of the city, honey, right into the shadow” as Jack sees New Jersey as NYC’s shadow. Close enough to see the bright lights and hear the bustling of the streets, but a bit too far away to be a part of it. When speaking of Bruce Springsteen’s collaboration on the song, Jack said that it was “the honor of a lifetime to be joined by him,” because he was the artist who showed Jack that “the sound of the place I am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world.”
Every project that has been put out by Bleachers has been so spectacular and we just know that the release of the third album will be just as breathtaking as the previous two – we really can’t wait to see where the new era takes us. If you’re like us, and you just can’t wait to hear new music – stream the Bleachers’ discography and let us know what your favorite songs are in the comments, or tweet us @TheHoneyPop!
Featured Image Source: Kate Scott Photography. SUBSTREAM Magazine.