Order the new release, Strange Desire by Bleachers, and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
Hailing from New Jersey, 30 year old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2002, with Jack as the lead singer, the success of New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train was well underway. Steel Train's cult following lead them to make their national television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and later appeared on Late Show With David Letterman. In 2008, Jack joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the Grammy award winning fun.
"I didn't plan to start a new project. Furthermore, looking back on it, it was an extremely un-ideal time to make a record, as I was on a world tour with fun. Yet I felt extremely compelled to do it. Many times when I should have been asleep, or resting, or eating, I would go to the studio. In Stockholm, Malaysia, in my room recording all day in Australia, literally all over the place. When I'd have two weeks off, I'd head into the studio in New York or L.A. and sift through everything I had done overseas and figure out what was interesting and what was garbage.
"Then one day I realized I had an entire album and that I had made it all over the world. My experience making albums before this was that you lock yourself in the studio for two weeks, make the album, and it's a documentation of the art in that moment. This could not have been more the opposite. I had, in the most literal sense, a wide perspective. I would work on something in South Korea, then I'd come home and be like, 'this sounds like someone recorded it in South Korea at 4 a.m. and they're jet-lagged. But this one vocal part is really cool. Let's build on that.
"It took me a second to find the rhythm of the album. I became fascinated with that time in culture when John Hughes was making his classic movies. The music was so incredible - all these epic, unapologetic pop songs with incredible forward thinking production. I wanted to hearken back to a time when the hippest shit was also the biggest shit. It made me mourn the happy teen years I never had. I grew up in New Jersey and went to public high school and was tortured for being gay, and I'm not gay. But that's how things were then. I felt really disconnected in that formative time. I think we all freeze at a moment in high school in some way. Hopefully you freeze in a moment were you feel like a piece of trash who needs to prove something and be better, not in a moment where everyone thinks you're a blast. It's where the name Bleachers comes from. It conjures feelings of that time for me in a non literal sense. I don't know why, it just does.
I wanted Bleachers to have a nostalgic element, so some of the emotions almost do feel a little John Hughes-y. But I didn't want it to be a retro album. It had to be fully pushed into the future while grounded in that moment that means so much to me. That's why I brought in the producer John Hill. He is very modern in everything he does. He's always looking for new techniques and a way to differentiate the work. Vince Clarke, from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure, worked on a bunch of stuff as well and added the grounding in the time period I was inspired by. I mean, Vince literally made some of the albums that inspired me to do Bleachers in the first place. It was really full circle to have one of the people who inspire you to create with you."
Bleachers' North American Tour Dates:
- 7/26 - Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle 2014 - Buffalo, NY
- 8/1 - Osheaga Festival - Montreal, Canada
- 8/2 - Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party - Philadelphia, PA
- 8/3 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
- 8/3 - Lollapalooza Aftershow - Chicago, IL
- 8/8 - Outside Lands Music Festival - San Francisco, CA
- 8/9 - 107.7 The End Summer Camp - Redmond, WA
- 8/20 - Deluxe at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
- 8/21 - The Ready Room - St Louis, MO
- 8/22 - Kansas City Power & Light District - Kansas City, MO
- 8/26 - St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
- 8/27 - Phoenix Concert Hall - Toronto, Canada
- 8/31 - Made In America Festival - Philadelphia, PA
- 9/3 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
- 9/4 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
- 9/6 - Boston Calling Music Festival - Boston, MA
- 10/3 - ACL Music Festival - Austin, TX
- 10/10 - ACL Music Festival - Austin, TX
- 10/31 - 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, LA
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