by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Jack Antonoff doesn’t want you to refer to his new band Bleachers as a fucking side project.
He isn’t actually trying to separate himself from the feats of popularity he has procured as the guitarist for fun. But he wants you to know that he can have more than one outfit to express himself. With Bleachers, he is pouring every bit of his heart and soul into a glistening stream of pop glory that channels raw emotion and loneliness that can cripple a person from leaving his or her couch. He has much to talk about considering some of the highs and lows in his life and in many ways it may come off cliché if not conveyed properly. What is there to talk about when it comes to failed relationships, worries, and sorrow in this day and age? But somewhere in all that anxiety and depression is the beating heart of a hopeful pop lover and on Strange Desire he marries these two trains of thought into a collection of killer and filler.
Antonoff clearly has his heartstrings wrapped around a vibrant style that bathed in orchestral synth heaven back in the mid to late eighties. Highlight and possibly the album’s best track, “Rollercoaster,” is the sequel to Modern English’s “I Melt With You” some 30 years too late, but that doesn’t stop it from imagining itself as the perfect backdrop to some teen coming-of-age film. It deserves to be just that and much of Antonoff’s anguish and desire feeds greatly into these vibrant often thrown back sounds. It doesn’t stop there: “Shadow” dances with an appreciative sway around assuming swirling lights and internal fire offering comfort if you are feeling lonely and out of place.
Jesse Lacey and Vinnie’s guitar tech did a 30-minute long rundown on their gear. Most of it focusses on their live sound and why they do certain things certain ways. An interesting insight.
Kevin Lyman tweeted out into the internet last night that over 506,000 tickets have been purchased for Warped Tour this summer with three more shows to go. That means the final number will likely end up being somewhere around 540,000 as a total count for the summer.
Not too shabby.
As a (near) 30 year old man, and having been involved in DIY/punk/hardcore subculture since I was in my early teens (frankly, longer than I care to remember or extrapolate on) I have started (and quit) my fair share of bands. Bands with different goals and absolutely different outcomes. All of these goals ranging from recording a demo and playing a few local shows to touring as hard and as long as possible; writing a couple EPs worth of music and never playing out to never recording anything and crashing local VFWs to play for 15 minutes.
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A big week for the scene. Rise Records scored their 5th top 10 debut in 13 months and Real Friends’ debut album landed at 24 on the charts.
24,000 for Crown The Empire. Over 10,000 for Real Sleepy Eyes.
Frank Iero - August 26th.
Gerard Way - September 30th.
Mikey Way - XX XXth?
Prawn will be releasing Kingfisher on August 12th via Topshelf Records. Stream “First As Tragedy” below after the jump.
Topshelf Records Tour: AGBPOL, DMND YTH, Prawn, Field Mouse