We All Want to Get Better

2 Nov


Jack Antonoff is no stranger to catchy music. Not many realize that the creator of 2014’s hands-down alt/rock summer anthem “Rollercoaster” is the same bespectacled musician stage-left to Nate Reuss in Fun’s 280 million views mega-hit “We Are Young.” He was also the lead singer-songwriter of the Indie staple Steel Train and has helped pen some recent tunes like “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and “Out of the Woods” by Taylor Swift. It is really no surprise that his less than a year old project Bleachers released its first album Strange Desire to immediate chart success in the summer. Now, as the weather grows colder (at least in the northeast), Bleachers is kicking butt on a nation-wide tour, and I still cannot get “I Wanna Get Better” out of my head.

Released back in February as the band’s first single, “I Wanna Get Better” is a jaunty ode to the innate human desire to get better. The song is carried by a sputtered piano riff over persistent percussion. Antonoff’s desperate whine carries verses of jumbled and creative lyrics to theatrical chorus’ where musicians literally stand on the “overpass screaming at the cars” and sing “I wanna get better.” The best part of the song is the “screaming” bridge that leads into a buzzy guitar solo that distorts on top of a whirlwind of sound. The song is brought back to reality by Green Day-like power chords and then swings right back to the catchy-as-hell chorus. Hey, we all want to get better, but this song does not have much room to grow.

Personally, I know I have to get better about posting more consistently. Life as a first-year teacher has been time consuming to say the least, and I want to take the opportunity to thank Zoe, who has done a magical job keeping the blog afloat. Stay tuned for more tunes as always!

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One Response to “We All Want to Get Better”


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    […] in November I lauded Bleachers as the purveyors of ridiculously catchy music that refused to leave the musical amalgamation that […]

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