The first 7-inches for Bleachers’ third volume of Terrible Thrills have gone out. The A-side is Mitski performing “Let’s Get Married” and the b-side is an alternate version of “Dream of Mickey Mantle.” Rips from the vinyl can be found here. (Jack has encouraged sharing the songs.)
Terrible Thrills Vol 3 comes in the form of a 4 part record club. it will feature bleachers songs from gone now re-imagined by Mitski, Julien Baker, Ani Difranco and MUNA as well as demos and new versions of the songs. The concept behind terrible thrills is to create a final version of an album at the end of its cycle. What that is will take different shapes for different times. This time around is half in the tradition of female artists remaking the songs and part new in re written lyrics and productions. This collection will only be officially released on vinyl and will only be sold this one time as a whole series.
Sam Schube, writing for GQ:
This is new. Antonoff, now 33, used to be a secret weapon. He started touring the country at 15, was signed to legendary pop-punk label Drive-Thru at 18. And then he linked up with some old touring pals to write world-eating pop jams as Fun. You remember the songs—“We Are Young,” “Some Nights”—because they destroy at weddings, bar mitzvahs, graduation parties, and bars. Along the way, he became something of a pop guru—not a gun for hire, but the rarest kind of collaborator. Armed with his own sonic signature, forged in vans and clubs and small theaters and bedrooms, he also had a willingness—a need—to be a true partner.
No artist shaped the sound of pop music in 2017 more than Jack Antonoff — if only because Jack Antonoff practically was the sound of pop music in 2017. Whether he was putting out music with his solo project, Bleachers, or writing with artists such as Taylor Swift, Lorde, and St. Vincent, the prolific producer was all over your favorite records this year.
Melinda Newman, writing for Billboard:
Grammy album of the year nominee Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Bleachers, Shamir, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National and Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon have all signed on for The Ally Coalition’s 4th annual Talent Show, to take place Jan. 24 at New York’s Town Hall.
Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff will curate the Grammy week event, which will also feature comedians Aparna Nancherla and Phoebe Robinson, with more artists to be named.