hmv.com reviews... Bleachers @ London's Bush Hall
Jack Antonoff is a man of many talents, he's one third of the currently inactive Fun., a co-writer on hits from the likes of Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson and now the frontman of the awesome pop rockers Bleachers. We caught their debut UK headline show and here's what we thought...
Bleachers. Jack Antonoff's love letter to the glorious pop rock of the late 1980s and 1990s.
Bush Hall, the quaint hall in the corner of Shepherd's Bush.
Any good supports?
Love Zombies, London's own oddball vaudeville punks, their set went down very well with the assembled masses.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was absolutely sold out, which is pretty impressive given they've not released a note of music in the UK yet, then again, Antonoff is a big name these days, so word gets around...
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was wonderful, just wonderful. The band burst into life with 'Wild At Heart' and then pursued the whole set with a relentless energy. 'Shadow' and the dust in throaty 'Take Me Away' followed, before a blistering cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way'. Early single 'Rollercoaster' came next with its huge chorus before an outstanding 'You're Still A Mystery' complete with a Bruce Springsteen E Street Band esque sax solo. They rounded things off with a bombastic 'I Wanna Get Better' which sent everybody home very happy.
Any good between song banter?
Not much banter, but lots and lots of thank yous and geeing up from Antonoff, he constantly thanked the crowd for coming down and asked more and more of them as the set went on, he got it too.
Did they put on much of a show?
Bush Hall is absolutely tiny, so there's not much you can do by way of pyrotechnics, but Antonoff made up for it with his lively stage presence and constant leaping around.
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole thing was brilliant from start to finish, but 'You're Still A Mystery' was particularly wonderful.
Where can I catch them next?
There's nothing booked as yet, but Antonoff promised numerous times that the band "would be coming back over and over again". Let's hope he keeps his word.