Get to Know the Artist – Bleachers
Bleachers is a pop band that draws on the influences of ’80s music and college rock. They are a relatively new band, but are quickly becoming one of the most popular acts around. In their first year as a band, they released two albums, toured, and were featured on several television shows. If you are a fan of the band, you have likely heard of the hit single “I Wanna Get Better.”
The group’s first album, Strange Desire, was released in 2014. It reached number two on the Billboard 200 and featured appearances from Grimes, Yoko Ono, and Bruce Springsteen. Among the singles on the album were “Stop Making This Hurt” and “I Wanna Get Better.” A song titled “Dear Prudence” also appeared on the album.
Bleachers’ second album, Gone Now, was released in 2017. With the support of producer Jack Antonoff, the band created an album that explored their personal experiences after the September 11th attacks. As a result, they included several songs from the era and recorded the songs in a home studio. Their first single, “I Wanna Get Better,” became a hit on the Alternative Airplay chart and earned a platinum record from the RIAA.
The band’s third album, Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 was released in 2015. The album featured the debut of several new songs and a new version of “I Wanna Get Better” by Lana Del Rey and Bruce Springsteen.
Bleachers’ live show is an experience to behold. The group’s contagious energy and nostalgic melodies make for an incredible concert. At their first show, they sold out the Radio City Music Hall. Performing as a quartet, they play on a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drum machine, and synthesizer. There are two drummers, which creates a more full sound and intense live experience.
In addition to performing live, Bleachers have appeared on a number of television shows and festivals. They performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the MTV Unplugged show in New Jersey, and they even made a cameo in a film. For their 2021 Austin City Limits show, they had a guest appearance from Claud, who is known for his hit songs “Gary And Bored” and “Sideline Superstar.” Earlier in the year, the band played an opening act slot for Fun on their Some Nights tour.
In May of 2020, Bleachers released “Comeback,” a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen. Their latest release, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, features the vocals of Lana Del Rey. Throughout their career, the band has pushed themselves to reach new heights and continue to hone their unique sounds.
Several years ago, the band was just a side project for singer/songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff. His other projects include work with Lorde, St. Vincent, and Lana Del Rey. While he continues to produce hits for other artists, he is also working on his own solo projects, including Bleachers.
With his knack for catchy choruses and his genuine passion for the craft, Antonoff combines these talents into his own unique sound. He writes music that hits the target and then takes his talent to another level with innovative production techniques.