Whilst on tour with FUN. Jack Antonoff has ever so kindly been writing the beginnings of Bleachers for our incredibly grateful ears. Inspired by the New Jersey sound of the 1980s where hair was big and hook lines were rampant, paired with his love of films by John Hughes in which soundtracks were unapologetically big, brash and brilliantly Pop, Bleachers are a band that aim to make music that can be artistic and imaginative whilst at the same time being equally important to mainstream culture without having to feel bad about it.
The two singles that are out now demonstrate this notion effortlessly. I Wanna Get Better puts to use synth lines that are reminiscent of a bygone era in which Synth Pop was created, coupled with an appropriately monumental chorus line. Rollercoaster, released only last week, wants you to choose it as your favourite summer anthem, and it has quite a compelling argument. It does this with catchy chorus hooks and captivating vocal melodies that will undeniably have you humming at your barbeque. If these two tracks are anything to go by then the album, Strange Desire, will be one to check out when it’s released on 15th July.
If Bleachers continue producing songs of this quality then the utopian idea that harks back to the 80s and 90s in which mainstream music and good music co-existed can yet be rekindled.