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Bleachers coming to Marist for Spring Concert

By John Mosho
On April 16, 2015

The Student Programming Council announced last week that Bleachers, the musical project of Jack Antonoff, will be coming to Marist for this years spring concert.

While Antonoff himself might not be well known to many Marist students, his musical genius has certainly been heard from being a key contributor in bands such as Steel Train and more recently with FUN.

While a lot of people may not know Jack Antonoff, he certainly has had a lot of main stream attention being a part of musical groups like FUN,said SPC Vice President Mike Bueti. I want to invite everyone to give them a listen if youre not sure. At the end of the day, the spring concert is a great experience for everybody. Whether youre there to listen to the music or just to hang out with friends, getting the chance to spend the day down by the river is a whole lot of fun and I implore people to go.

For those of you who do not know much about Antonoff, the premise of Bleachers came about while Antonoff was on tour with FUN. Antonoff would spend the entirety of his free time picking up the guitar and recording bits and pieces of new songs until before he knew it, he had an entire album in place.

I didn't plan to start a new project,said Antonoff. Many times when I should have  been asleep, or resting, or eating, I would go to the studio. In Stockholm, Malaysia, in my room recording all day in Australia, literally all over the place. When I'd have two weeks off, I'd head into the studio in New York or L.A. and sift through everything I had done overseas and figure out what was interesting and what was garbage.

The goal of the Bleachers project for Antonoff was to push the envelope with modern day alternative music while still paying homage to what made 90s music so great. It is this combination that you see at work in some of his more popular songs, such as I wanna get better,and Rollercoaster.

I wanted  Bleachers to have a nostalgic element, so some of the emotions almost do feel a little John Hughes-y [Director of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bullers Day Off known for his musical scores in movies]. But I didn't want it to be a retro album. It had to be fully pushed into the future while grounded in that moment  that means so much to me.

Lyrically, this album goes through the inner turmoil that Antonoff has faced in his life. When Antonoff was only 18, he lost his 13-year-old sister to brain cancer shortly before 9/11. Then shortly after that, he lost his cousin as well in the Iraq War. All of these traumatic experiences combined caused Antonoff to experience a lot of anxiety and inner turmoil in his life.

All this at once was a real end of innocence time period,said Antonoff. I went through so much in the aftermath of all that and developed a very intense panic disorder. I had a really hard time for many years before I started to find my way a bit more. But obviously, it is a huge part of who I am. As a result, I feel like the songs are generally about loss and finding a way to pick up the pieces and move on without carrying too many of them with you. But even though they can be really dark, they always come around to something positive.

I think the message Antonoff shares in his music about taking the negative we have in our lives and channeling it into something positive is something we can all benefit from,said Bueti. I hope the student body listens to what Antonoff has to say and is able to take his words to heart in order to figure out how to get past their own obstacles in life.

Tickets for the Spring Concert will go on sale Thursday, April 16 at 4pm at the Office of Student Activities in room 3115. Tickets will be $15 and all tickets will be sold as general admission.


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