The last time we've heard from Bleachers
was in 2015 when Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2
was released. However, Jack Antonoff, the man who formed the band, has been anything but silent. He was busy running his own music festival in New Jersey, Shadow of the City, which included a star-studded lineup with Carly Rae Jepsen, The 1975, and more. He also co-wrote a bunch of songs, like "House on Fire" by Sia and "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" by Taylor Swift and ZAYN. And of course, one of his latest and biggest projects has been co-writing and producing Lorde
's record, Melodrama.
We know Antonoff as the quirky Jersey kid from Fun and Bleachers, and yes, he's been co-writing for a while, but his collaborations are growing to be more prominent, and suddenly, he's one of pop's strongest weapons and no longer our little secret.
Now, Bleachers is back with the new song "Don't Take The Money," and no, it's not about literal money, Antonoff clarified in a statement: "'Don't Take the Money' is a phrase I say in my head all the time. It has nothing to do with actual money. It means to follow the light. Don't ignore a gut feeling. 'Don't take the money.' I repeat it to myself when I'm trying to stay on track. Specifically in this song I'm writing about my relationship and the verse and chorus run quickly through the past and the fight leading to the euphoria of seeing the light with someone else."
It looks like Lorde is going to continue to be a frequent collaborator as well, as she contributed backing vocals to the track:
The song is an enchanting 80s-influenced anthem that sounds like it was touched by M83 or even David Bowie at some moments. Lorde, although she has a powerful musical presence, doesn't overshadow the track but manages to subtly compliment it. Antonoff is a genuine artist who knows what he's doing and we're about to see a whole lot more of him.
Bleachers will also be heading out on tour, find dates below.
4-25 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
4-27 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
5-14 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
5-20 Tinley Park, IL - WKQX PiQniQ @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5-21 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
5-23 Colorado Springs, CO - Rawkus
5-24 Salt Lake City, UT - X96 Spring Thing @ Gallivan Center
5-27 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
6-02 New York, NY - Governor's Ball
6-11 Philadelphia, PA - Radio 104.5 Birthday Celebration at BB&T Pavilion
6-13 Richmond, VA - The National *
6-14 Charlotte, NC - The Underground *
6-16 Columbus, OH - Express Live! *&
6-18 Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
6-20 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
6-21 Rochester, NY - Anthology *
6-23 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! *
6-25 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
6-27 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Center *
6-28 St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall *
6-30 Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Live! *
* with MUNA
& with MisterWives