|Bleachers is the latest project from eccentric singer and songwriter Jack Antonoff. The band offers a new spin on indie pop music with electronic beats unlike you’ve heard before.
Though he has been a member of several different music projects, Jack Antonoff is best known for his band fun. The group consists of members Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Antonoff. The band formed in 2008 and released their first album Aim and Ignite in 2009 to generally positive reviews. Over the next few years they toured with and opened for Jack’s Mannequin, Paramore and released a single with Panic! At the Disco. But it wasn’t until 2012 when they released their second album Some Nights that the band really started to achieve success.
They won “Best New Artist” at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where they also performed their hit song “Carry On.” Their single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also won a Grammy for “Song of the Year.” “We Are Young” was also was used in the popular television series “Gossip Girl,” commercials for Chevrolet and Apple and was even featured in the trailer for Judd Apatow’s film “This Is 40.&rdquot;
After a wild ride of incredible success, in 2014, the band announced on Facebook that they were not breaking up, but taking a hiatus to pursue individual projects saying, “currently Nate is working on his first solo album, Andrew is scoring films and Jack is on tour and working on Bleachers music.”
Antonoff started working on his new project while on tour with fun. Bleachers’ first album, Strange Desire, was recorded on the road. He worked on the music while in hotel rooms and on planes and buses. “It’s just nice to constantly be working,” he told Nightline. However, he kept the project under wraps from the public. “I didn’t tell anybody but the people who were very close to me just because I wanted to preserve it,” he said. Fearing preconceived notions based on his previous projects, Antonoff wanted the music to come first. In February 2014, the first single “I Wanna Get Better” was released. The Bleachers’ website, social media profiles and tour dates hit the Internet shortly after.
The band took off immediately and garnered a devoted fan base. The music video for “I Wanna Get Better” was released in March 2014. It was directed by Girls creator, writer and actress Lena Dunham, who is also Antonoff’s girlfriend. The song became the band’s first No. 1 single. Antonoff told Rolling Stone he sees the song as “the story of my existence so far and a lot of the things I struggled with.” Strange Desire contains a collection of upbeat and quirky tunes, although the songs continue to embody heavy emotion, including a damaging acid trip and the death of Antonoff’s sister years ago. “A lot of things on the album, including this song, are about loss,” Antonoff says. “It feels joyous, but for me it’s very desperate.” The band embarked on several tours throughout the year playing with Night Terrors of 1927, Joywave and Charlie XCX.
In addition to his own projects, Antonoff also produces and writes music for other artists. In 2013, he co-wrote the song “Brave” with Sara Bareilles. The song was inspired by a friend of Antonoff who struggled with speaking openly about his sexuality. The song took off and since then has become a civil rights anthem. Jack Antonoff has also worked with friend and Grammy-winning phenomenon Taylor Swift on her album 1989. They co-wrote the track “Out of the Woods” together, a song that has been praised among music critics.