Bleachers (band)

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Bleachers performing live at the VMAs "Artist to Watch" Concert at the Avalon Theatre in 2014
Background information
Origin New York City, United States
Years active 2014 (2014)–present
Labels RCA

Bleachers is an American indie pop act based in New York City. It is the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who is also part of the bands Steel Train and Fun. Bleachers' pop music was heavily influenced by the late '80s, early '90s and the high school-based films of John Hughes while still using modern production techniques, their first single, "I Wanna Get Better", was released February 18, 2014.


While on the road with his band, Fun, Antonoff began working on a new project during his time in different cities, for about a year he kept the project a secret until February 18, 2014 where the first single "I Wanna Get Better" was released along with the launch of Bleachers' website, social media profiles, and a selection of tour dates.[1] News of Bleachers was first publicly announced in a Facebook post by Brooklyn music studio Mission Sound in May 2013.[2]

About making the album, Antonoff said, "I spent the past year working on the music but not talking about it, and eventually it became this psychotic alter-ego situation, where it was second nature to have this part of me that no one knew about. Except for a small group of people, most of which happened to be members of my immediate family, no one was aware that this music, or this album even existed ... even though it existed so deeply to me."[3] Antonoff also stated that Bleachers was never meant to be a departure from his position in Fun.,[4] and that he will remain in the band.

Bleachers' debut album Strange Desire was released July 15, 2014, from RCA Records.[5] Variance Magazine called the single "Rollercoaster" a "brilliant summer anthem."[6] Since March 2015,[timeframe?] Bleachers has been on its debut Come Alive! tour, which features Night Terrors of 1927 and Joywave as opening acts.[7] On September 25, 2015, Bleachers released Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2, a sequel to Strange Desire with songs from Strange Desire being covered by numerous artists with modified tunes. The band appeared as the fictional band Baby Goya and The Nuclear Winters in the 2015 film Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Bleachers' second album Gone Now was released June 2, 2017, its lead single "Don't Take the Money" has been described by Atwood Magazine as "an epic uplifting pop-rock anthem ultimately about how when love is real, its worth everything that comes along with it". The band is currently on its Gone Now Era: Part 1 tour which features Bishop Briggs and Tangerine as openers.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Strange Desire
  • Released: July 15, 2014 (US)[13]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, DL, LP
11 2 2 19
Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2
  • Released: September 25, 2015 (US)[14]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: DL, LP
Gone Now
  • Released: June 2, 2017 (US)[15]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, DL, LP
44 6 9 92


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album






"I Wanna Get Better" 2014 1 1 10 52 21 49 Strange Desire
"Rollercoaster"[24] 3 19 27 47
"Like a River Runs"[25]
(with Grimes)
2015 Non-album single
"Don't Take the Money" 2017 3 13 Gone Now
"Hate That You Know Me"
"Everybody Lost Somebody"
"I Miss Those Days" 25
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ Cormier, Ryan. "Just what is Bleachers act announced for Firefly?". Delaware Online. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (February 17, 2014). "How Taylor Swift And Hayley Williams Helped Fun.'s Guitarist Go Solo". MTV. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Obenschain, Philip (February 19, 2014). "Bleachers (Fun.'s Jack Antonoff) unveil debut single, tour dates, announce Yoko Ono collaboration". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jon Blistein (2014-05-15). "Jack Antonoff Details Bleachers Debut Album 'Strange Desire' Via Craigslist Ad | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Readers Select 2014 Songs of Summer". 
  7. ^ "Bleachers Announce Spring 2015 North American Tour: See The Dates". Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on 
  8. ^ "Don't Take The Money". Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Strange Desire – Bleachers". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 – Bleachers". Google Play. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Antonoff, Jack (April 13, 2017). "on june 2nd i'm releasing my second album as bleachers. gone now". Instagram. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Discografie Bleachers". (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Bleachers – Chart History: Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  22. ^ "American certifications – Bleachers". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 12, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Shadow (2014)". 7digital (US). Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Rollercoaster (2014)". 7digital (US). Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Like a River Runs (2014)". 7digital (US). Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Entropy – Single by Grimes x Bleachers". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 

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