It’d be much better to be there live, tonight. But if you can’t get there, you can see all the action in the comfort of your home, as Jack Antonoff of the band fun. brings his side project, Bleachers, to the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville.
A live stream will be shown here, and elsewhere, at 8 p.m. (Look below.)
Bleachers released its debut album, “Strange Desire” — including the angsty but insanely catchy hit, “I Wanna Get Better” — in July. Antonoff, who grew up in New Milford and Woodcliff Lake and was in the Jersey band Steel Train before joining fun., explained Bleachers music this way, in a press release:
“I became fascinated with that time in culture when John Hughes was making his classic movies. The music was so incredible — all these epic, unapologetic pop songs with incredible forward thinking production. I wanted to hearken back to a time when the hippest shit was also the biggest shit. It made me mourn the happy teen years I never had.
“I grew up in New Jersey and went to public high school and was tortured for being gay, and I’m not gay. But that’s how things were then. I felt really disconnected in that formative time. I think we all freeze at a moment in high school in some way. Hopefully you freeze in a moment were you feel like a piece of trash who needs to prove something and be better, not in a moment where everyone thinks you’re a blast. It’s where the name Bleachers comes from. It conjures feelings of that time for me in a non literal sense. I don’t know why, it just does.”
The show is being streamed by Yahoo as part of its On the Road series.