The socalled “80s-nostalgia” indie pop artist Bleachers infuses modern electronica with stylistic elements of the 80s. Headed by Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and ​fun. fame, the band’s music is deeply personal, emotive, and lyrically evocative.

Their debut album Strange Desire was released July 10th, 2014, and was mostly written by Antonoff throughout his tour with fun. A very visceral, realized album that addresses death, memory, self-image, and spontaneity, among other themes, Desire showed the world the great potential Bleachers has to become the next pop act to become a household name.

After an EP featuring new versions of Like A River Runs and an album of Desire’s songs covered by female artists in the same vein of the final Steel Train album, the group returned with Gone Now. It featured many of the same themes as the first album.

On November 16, 2020, Bleachers released two new songs, “45” and “chinatown”, the latter of which featured rock legend Bruce Springsteen. These were the first two songs taken from the third Bleachers album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, which was released on July 30, 2021.

The name “Bleachers” is meant to evoke the “disconnected, darker side” of suburban youth, and Antonoff says he was inspired by John Hughes movies and how they were “tied to a time when big songs were great songs.”

“Why Jack Antonoff Is a Pop Star Even a Mother Could Love,” Vulture