Terminal 5 / New York, NY

Jack Antonoff of Bleachers
Jack Antonoff of Bleachers

Come one, come all, come alive! That was the mantra of the Bleachers show at Terminal 5. Kids in love, the heartbroken and purely platonic friends jumped and sang along to the tracks off the debut album Strange Desire. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff of the band fun. and the tour was dubbed “Come Alive!,” perhaps indicating the adventure that Jack had in store for us.

The indie-pop act started off the night with “Like A River Runs,” “Shadow” and “Wild Heart,” getting the crowd singing along right from the get go. The saxophone brought extra thrills and their more tender tracks, such as “Wake Me,” added dimension to the show.

Knowing that at least one cover song was planned, I had my fingers crossed for some ‘90s nostalgia—their rendition of the Cranberries’ “Dreams” to be exact. Bleachers had played this track at Lollapalooza and with the backwards baseball cap reminiscent of the decade on stage, chances looked good. But Bleachers took us back to another great decade, the ‘70s, with their power-packed performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”

General admission shows are always a blessing and a curse. Standing at a measly 5’3”, I often have an obstructed view of the stage. But the electrifying energy of the concertgoers and the band proved there was no other way to catch a Bleachers show. The intensity of the crowd was particularly high during the anthem-worthy fan favorites, “Rollercoaster” and “I Wanna Get Better.”

Whether you have a wild heart or a strange desire, you will definitely leave their show feeling alive.

–Jennifer Suzukawa-Tseng

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