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Led by Grammy-winning producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, Bleachers’ buoyant, grandly emotional sound draws from ’80s pop and college rock. In between his duties with Fun. and as a producer for stars such as Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey, he delivers heartfelt anthems like “I Wanna Get Better,” the project’s 2014 certified-platinum debut single. That year’s debut album Strange Desire — which cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 — presented Bleachers’ relatable synth pop in its purest form. Though Antonoff added more ambition and inventive sonics to 2017’s Gone Now and revisited his Jersey roots with Bruce Springsteen on 2021’s Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, Bleachers always focused on his finesse at wrapping genuine emotions in big, shiny sounds.
Antonoff began working on music for Bleachers in secret while touring in support of Fun.’s Grammy-winning album Some Nights. Drawing upon his love of ’80s pop and darker college rock sounds (particularly the soundtracks of classic ’80s John Hughes films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink), he released the project’s debut single, “I Wanna Get Better,” in February 2014 on RCA. The song topped Billboard’s Alternative Airplay and Bubbling Under Hot 100 charts and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. Arriving that July, Bleachers’ first full-length Strange Desire was also a success, reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and number two on the Top Rock Albums chart. Featuring co-production by John Hill and Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and appearances by Yoko Ono and Grimes, the album also spawned two more hit singles, “Rollercoaster” and “Like a River Runs.” After Strange Desire’s release, Antonoff put together a live band and launched a tour that lasted through most of 2015. That September, Bleachers released Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2, which featured versions of all the songs from Strange Desire performed by female artists, including Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle King, Tinashe, and Antonoff’s sister Rachel. Also in 2015, Bleachers covered the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and made a cameo in the film Hello, My Name Is Doris as the band Baby Goya and the Nuclear Winters.
Following Antonoff’s work with Taylor Swift on her album Reputation and the Fifty Shades Darker song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” Bleachers returned in June 2017 with Gone Now. Another collaboration with Clarke, the album also featured Lorde and was inspired by Antonoff’s memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and his sister’s death from cancer when he was 18. Recorded in his home studio and previewed in an art installation that replicated his childhood bedroom, Gone Now peaked at number six on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart and included the singles “I Miss Those Days” and “Don’t Take the Money,” which was certified gold by the RIAA. While on tour in support of the album, Bleachers performed an MTV Unplugged show at Asbury Park, New Jersey that was released as an album in November 2017. The following March saw the release of the soundtrack to the film Love, Simon, to which Antonoff contributed songs as Bleachers and under his own name. One of Bleachers’ songs, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song),” reached number 36 on Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart. In March 2019, Terrible Thrills, Vol. 3, arrived and featured versions of Gone Now’s songs as performed by female artists including MUNA, Mitski, and Julien Baker. Along with Antonoff’s production work for Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and the Chicks, Bleachers covered R.E.M.’s “At My Most Beautiful” and collaborated with Carly Rae Jepsen on her May 2020 single “Comeback.” That November, they returned with the singles “45” and “Chinatown,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen that became a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 Airplay chart. Both songs were included on July 2021’s Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, a more organic take on the Bleachers sound featuring production assists from Patrik Berger and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark and vocals from Lana Del Rey. The album also included “Stop Making This Hurt,” another charting hit on the Adult Top 40 Airplay chart.
Singer-songwriter Beabadoobee pairs delicately sung confessions with ’90s-inspired guitars that pack a wallop. When she first emerged in 2017 with “Coffee” — the first song she ever wrote — her intimate, lo-fi sound reflected her love of indie songwriters like Elliott Smith and Kimya Dawson and fit in perfectly with bedroom pop contemporaries such as Clairo. By 2019, however, she’d stepped out of the bedroom’s confines with releases such as 2019’s Space Cadet EP, an homage to the sounds of Sonic Youth and Pavement that featured the track “I Wanna Be Stephen Malkmus.” Even as she cranked up the volume, Beabadoobee held on to her music’s frank, yet vulnerable viewpoint on her 2020 debut album Fake It Flowers and the following year’s Our Extended Play EP, both of which added more polish and ambition to her style.
Born in 2000 in the Philippines’ Iloilo City, Bea Kristi and her family moved to London’s Camden neighborhood when she was three. Growing up, she took years of violin lessons and listened to Pinoy music as well as the ’90s artists — the Cranberries, Liz Phair, Natalie Imbruglia — that were her mother’s favorites. As a teen, she felt like an outsider. The only Filipino student at an all-girl Catholic school (where a screening of the 2007 film Juno introduced her to the music of Kimya Dawson, a major influence on her sound), she struggled with depression. She found a creative outlet for her angst at age 17, when her father bought her a secondhand guitar. Teaching herself to play with online tutorials and taking the performing name Beabadoobee from an old social media handle, she created a delicate, intimate style informed by Dawson’s music as well as that of Alex G, Florist, and Karen O. Beabadoobee recorded the first song she wrote, “Coffee,” in a friend’s bedroom and shared it online in September 2017. Though her goal was to share it with her friends, the song soon had hundreds of thousands of views.
“Coffee”‘s online success piqued the interest of London’s Dirty Hit label, which signed Beabadoobee early in 2018. She released a pair of EPs on the label that year: March’s Lice and December’s Patched Up, both of which built on her viral single’s quietly confessional approach. However, she wanted her music to sound fuller, so she recruited bassist Eliana Sewell, drummer Louis Semlekan-Faith, and guitarist Jacob Bugden to flesh out her sound. Working with former Vaccines drummer Pete Robertson as producer, in April 2019, Beabadoobee issued the Loveworm EP, which introduced a heavier grunge- and shoegaze-inspired attack to her melodies; an acoustic version, “Loveworm (Bedroom Sessions),” appeared in July. Once again featuring production by Robertson, that October’s Space Cadet EP was an even bolder homage to ’90s indie and alt-rock. Beabadoobee closed out the year with a cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” and nominations for the 2020 Brit Awards’ Rising Star Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2020 critics’ poll.
Beabadoobee’s success continued into 2020. Along with a February tour supporting labelmates the 1975, the Canadian rapper Powfu’s single “Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head),” which sampled “Coffee,” became a viral hit with billions of plays when it was used in a social media meme. The track entered the Top Five in several countries and earned gold and platinum certification in several others, including the U.K. and the U.S. That October, Beabadoobee released her debut album, Fake It Flowers. Produced by Robertson and engineered by Joseph Rodgers, it expanded on the ’90s alt-rock-goes-pop feel of Space Cadet. In May 2021, she returned with the Our Extended Play EP. Featuring the COVID-19 pandemic-inspired single “Last Day on Earth,” Beabadoobee co-wrote and produced the EP with the 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel.