Jack Antonoff is a god. A very underrated god it seems here in Australia. Whilst we’re all too happy to bop along to the tracks he works on with the big pop names like FUN., Lorde, Taylor Swift, Sia, Zayn and even Brooke Candy, we’re a bit behind the ball with falling in love with Antonoff’s personal project, Bleachers, but could his new track Don’t Take The Money be the game changer that makes Australians take notice?
The short answer is probably not. Despite everything frothing over his current work with Lorde (he’s basically doing the whole of Melodrama) Bleachers seems to get very little promo and radio push down under for some reason. Don’t Take The Money stays true to the carefree upbeat vibes of his earlier works, the guitars especially give you such throwback vibe to his 2014 track Rollercoaster. The thing about Bleachers music is that it makes you want to dance and in the moment you’re overtaken by the irresistible urge to throw away your cares and have fun, but when you listen to the lyrics you understand a pain and longing that hides behind the reckless abandon of the instrumental.
Really the best way I’ve seen to describe the track comes from Jack Antanoff himself in an email blast he sent out to registered members of the Bleachers mailing list:
‘don’t take the money is the front door to this house. it’s a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it’s not about actual money. it’s about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it’s become my phrase to stay on track. specifically, in don’t take the money i’m taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you’ve tried your past to destroy yourself and someone else but it’s too strong to be destroyed? when you’ve tried to fling your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that’s when it’s all clear. as much as i say don’t take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that’s what i’m doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i’m working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers.’
Time to get onto Bleachers, guys!