it’s jack. i’ve been getting a lot of questions about Bleachers and felt like all of you deserves to hear about it directly from me. first off, i can’t thank you all enough for the amazing support. you’re my fucking favorite.
there is no world in which I’ve ever thought about leaving fun. my new project is not about one thing taking over another, its about adding something new to the equation. sometimes you go months without any good ideas, and then sometimes you are flooded with things you need to create. i’m sure a lot of you can relate to that in the work that you do. while on tour the past 2 years with fun. i started recording an album. i didn’t know what it was at the beginning. it was just happening. i’d go to the studio on off days, work all night in my hotel room, create time where there wasn’t any etc etc etc. i felt compelled to make bleachers exist during a time when it wasn’t necessarily ideal to do so. that’s something that’s special about the work you love - you don’t always get to chose when you need to do it.
neither bleachers or fun. are side projects. to be honest, i truly dislike the term ‘side project’ and I’ve been hearing it a lot lately. its a simple way of categorizing something that maybe isn’t simple or maybe shouldn’t be categorized at all. i’ve never been able to categorize or fully wrap my head around my love for fun., and now i feel the same way about bleachers as well. i don’t have kids, but it feels similar to the way people react when you ask them what its like to have a second kid. bleacher + fun. == my children. i’m so cheesy i hate myself!
i’ll put it this way - i plan on making the work i feel compelled to make for as long as I’m alive. i don’t think you would want it any other way even if it’s occasionally non traditional. but i do think you all deserve to know where my head is at for as long you as you all are being so supportive of me and my bands.
can’t wait for the months to come. gonna make a new fun. album, tour with bleachers and release the full album —- AND just new things all around. talk soon!
10/24/12 - on a plane from portugal to newark. going home for the first time in 6 weeks. starting to get a real idea of what the bleachers album should feel like.
hey i hear the voice of a preacher from the back room
calling my name and i follow just to find you
i trace the faith to a broken down television and put on the weather
and i’ve trained myself to give up on the past
cause i frozen time between hearses and caskets
lost control when i panicked at the acid test
i wanna get better
while my friends were getting high and chasing girls down parkway lines i was losing my mind
cause the love, the love, the love, the love, the love that i gave wasted on a nice face
in a blaze of fear i put a helmet on a helmet counting seconds through the night and got carried away
so now I’m standing on the overpass screaming at the cars hey I wanna get better
i didn’t know i was lonely til i saw your face
i wanna get better
i didn’t know i was broken til i wanted to change
i wanna get better
i go up to my room and there’s girls on the ceiling
cut out their pictures and i chase that feeling
of an eighteen year old, who didn’t know what loss was
now i’m a stranger
and i miss the days of a life still permanent
mourn the years before i got carried away
so now i’m staring at the interstate, screaming at myself hey i wanna get better
cause I’m sleeping in the back of a taxi
i’m screaming from my bedroom window
even if it’s gonna kill me
woke up this morning early before my family
from this dream where she was trying to show me
how a life can move from the darkness, she said to get better
so i put a bullet where i shoulda out a helmet and i crash my car cause i wanna get carried away
that’s why i’m standing on the overpass screaming at myself, hey, I WANNA GET BETTER
didn’t realize today would be as emotional as it is. I’ve been working on bleachers for a year and a half now. I didn’t mean for it to be this big secret, but I didn’t want anything to speak for it besides the music itself. we live in a real “big announcement next week!” type of culture, and this all meant too much to me to put anything out there besides actual music. to (sorta) quote david fricke, ‘everyone’s texting I’ll be there in 5 minutes…. just FUCKING be there in 5 minutes.’ that quote rang in my head every time I wanted to just tell everyone what I was doing. that’s my reasoning/apology for being so secretive and making an album without letting you guys know.
but now you know, and it means the world to me. everything I do, whether it’s fun., bleachers or something else, the work only comes to life because you all inspire me to make it real. I could so easily sit in the studio (or rather in bed) and just work on things forever and never get to the point. moments like today, releasing new music and being able to connect you about it are why it all matters.
I made this album in bizarre and unideal circumstances - on a world tour. in the past I was never able to write on the road. I’m not sure why but this time around I felt compelled to. moments I should have been sleeping were spent in the studio. ‘I wanna get better’ for example was recording in sweden, malaysia, new zealand and nyc.
I’m rambling because I’m excited and I’m tying on my phone. point is, thank YOU. I feel very supported and scared which means things are worth while.
entire album is coming in the spring, new music before that and live dates all over the world (some already announced).
ok. talk soon.
xxx bleachers xxx
girlwhosleepswithlogs asked: Mr. Antonoff, Could you name some bands that you really like? I'm searching for new music! -Krista
the mountain goats! particularly the album sunset tree
Anonymous asked: Jack, my friends keep saying that gay relationship are disgusting, what should I do?
think id simultaneously find better friends and try to educate my ones
birds-boats-and-past-loves asked: Hi jack! Will what the fuck be on your third album? :)
it will surface in some capacity soon
pbomb asked: Hey Jack, how are you? I would like to know what equipment you use on your guitar and why. Or if you can recommend any pedals that can work to discover great sounds with. Thanks in advance.
i use vox AC30 hardwired amps live - on the recordings the guitars either direct and blown out by the board, through a 60s gibson amp or an AC15. pedal distortion is 3 levels. 1- fulltone fat boost 2- tube screamer 3- fuzz factory. also have 2 holy grail minis set to opposite amounts of reverb. i like that whole chain because it gives you a lot of options to make interesting noise and play sloppy with a purpose
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We are excited to announce that throughout the tour, TAC will be setting up an Equality Village where fans can learn about issues relating to LGBT youth and directly respond.
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