Jack Antonoff has a little solo fun. on “I Wanna Get Better.”
Making your television debut a couple of weeks after your first-ever live performance might not be the normal trajectory for most bands, but it certainly helps when you’re already pretty popular. That’s the story behind Bleachers, the new project from Jack Antonoff, who you may know from a little band called fun./being Lena Dunham’s arm candy.
The group, who will perform for the first time at SXSW in Austin next month followed by a Late Night With Seth Meyers appearance shortly thereafter, debuted their first single today: “I Wanna Get Better.”
The song will easily amp up fans of fun. It shares some of the band’s sonic arrangements, with a buoyant keys lead, a meandering structure of pace and tone, and a wistful lyric that captures the feelings of late twenty-somethings’ romantic relationships and self-discovery. Oh, and it’s got a HUGE sing-along hook.
“There’s something nostalgic and ’80s and John Hughes about some of the stuff I do, but I never wanted to make anything that was in any way retro,” Antonoff said in an interview with Radio.com. “So I thought, let’s get the guy who inspires me to write music in the first place, Vince and his aesthetic, on the album and then let’s get the guy, John Hill, whose mind only works in pushing things forward.”
“I didn’t know I was lonely ’til I saw your face,” Antonoff and company sing in multi-tracked vocals. “I didn’t know I was broken ’til I wanted to change.”
Lyrics to the contrary, there’s nothing broken here about this song.
+ Listen to Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better.”
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