These past few weeks on campus have really challenged my passion for music considering I neglected to bring my instruments on behalf of my five other roommates’ sanity, so I am deciding to write about music instead to pass the time before I am able to pick them up again. I am not a music major nor a performing arts major, but this passion of mine that has been with me since elementary school remains at my side everywhere I go. In times where I cannot make music of my own, I look to musicians within the industry. I am hoping you can find some inspiration from each of the artists I will be sharing with you.
Music Suggestion of The Week: The Bleachers
The Bleachers is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and record producer, Jack Antonoff (former member of the band “Fun.” alongside Nate Reuss). In 2014, Antonoff released his hit single “I Wanna Get Better” and rose to the tops of the charts. This single had been a mystery side project while on the road with former band members Nate Reuss and Andrew Dost. The Bleachers is based in New York City where Antonoff currently resides with his partner, Lena Dunham.
This indie pop band focuses its sound on the nostalgia of the eighties and early nineties while incorporating modern day sound and lyric. Want a taste of their music? Listen here:
I attended one of their shows as Antonoff took the stage alongside famous acts known as Foster The People and The Killers in Camden, New Jersey this past summer with a few of my friends and was instantly drawn to Antonoff’s sound and energy. You will find that although their sound is arguably upbeat and jovial, the lyrics address many battles faced within ourselves, our relationships, and our society. His albums contain a plethora of anthems and songs that remain in your head long after you have heard them.
You may be thinking, “I’ve never heard of Jack Antonoff before,” but I can assure you that listening to the radio at any given moment will give you a glimpse into his greatest work. Antonoff has cowrote and produced the following songs in addition to tens more by these artists themselves and others.
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Out of The Woods” by Taylor Swift
“I Don’t Want To Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift
“Stand By You” by Rachel Platten
“Green Light” by Lorde
“Crowded Places” by BANKS
“House On Fire” by Sia
…and even Taylor Swift’s newest single “Look What You Made Me Do” released on August 25th, 2017.
Why The Bleachers inspire me:
I draw inspiration from bands and other musicians that can make me feel something while listening to their work. When you can feel how much passion, effort, and determination went into the making of a song or album, you know that the artist is a true musician. This alone pushes me to make my own work the best that it can be because I aspire to maybe one day make others feel the way that these artists make me feel.
Have some more time?
Enjoy my favorite track by The Bleachers here: