Antonoff’s musical interpretation of 1985’s “The Breakfast Club” is slated for April 1.
“I chose ‘The Breakfast Club’ because I think about that film often when I write,” Antonoff told The Times. “There are certain films and feelings that remind me of where I’m from.”
“I grew up in suburban New Jersey in a similar state of strange boredom as ‘The Breakfast Club.’ I constantly thought about getting out, and that feeling is so present in this film,” he added. “A lot of my world now is looking back at that time period from different vantage points.”
It’s an issue happening in many areas, but we wanted to focus in specific places, and right now it’s what I would consider a crisis in Texas with Texas Senate Bill SB6 and House Bill HB1362, the so-called bathroom bills — they’re hate bills against the LGBTQ community. And after seeing what happened in North Carolina [with the HB2 “bathroom bill” signed into law last March], this is something that people really care about. It’s something that artists care about, artists who come through these areas and tour through them and local artists.
Mr. Antonoff, 31, explained in an interview that the project was based largely on his own youth as a voracious CD consumer in suburban New Jersey — far from the popular perception of a record-store patron as a crate-digging vinyl obsessive.
“It seems like the nerdy, record-collector type owns the conversation,” Mr. Antonoff said. “But that wasn’t my experience growing up, and it wasn’t the experience of a lot of people I know.”
“Record Store” will be “the opposite of an old, crotchety, ‘things-were-better,’ dusty book about vinyl,” he added.