Jack Antonoff is a man who never sleeps. He is well known as the lead guitarist of Fun, also known as being apart of Steel Train and most recently he has become recognized as the lead vocalist of his new project, Bleachers. The band’s formation stems back to his time on the road with Fun when Antonoff was secretly writing songs that would become the “Strange Desire” album that was released earlier this summer. Bleachers quickly gained popularity before the album’s release when the leading single “I Wanna Get Better” was released. Antonoff took to the road to support the album making a few stops in the area including a Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party and this past week as part of Budweiser’s Made in America Festival.
Sight of Sound had the chance to talk with Antonoff about the band’s crazy return to Philadelphia as part of the Made in America Festival and what it meant to them as a band. From there we talked all things Bleachers, the album, the process and of course we gave some love to the Pennsylvania market. Check it out below :
Bleachers were the first band to take to the Rocky Stage which was aptly name for the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum that were placed directly behind the stage. The 2pm sun was hot, it was early in the day but the band still drew a very large crowd that sang along from start to finish. The crowd’s singing turned into a bellowing roar when the band wrapped up the set with “I Wanna Get Better” and Kongos began to play across the way in the festival. Philadelphia can get another dosage of Bleachers this fall when the band returns to Philadelphia for another show.
Bleachers are a band on the rise and were certainly one of the best bands to take the stage at the Made in America Festival. Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the performance below and we hope to see you when the band returns later this year.