Jack Antonoff Bringing Childhood Bedroom on Bleachers Tour... Literally
By Sam Sodomsky.
On June 2, Jack Antonoff returns with a new Bleachers album, Gone Now. He’s already shared the tracks “Don’t Take the Money,” “Hate That You Know Me,” and “Everybody Lost Somebody.” Now, Antonoff is sharing something even more personal: his literal childhood bedroom. The New Jersey bedroom where Antonoff resided through age 27 has been removed from his childhood home and turned into a “moving, living art installation” that Antonoff will take on tour through May and June (find his itinerary here).
Today, it opens in New York City, where Antonoff is inviting fans to hear his new album for the first time. In a statement, Antonoff says, “Come in - touch whatever you want - hear Gone Now in its birthplace and in the center of its inspiration.” Read Antonoff’s full statement on the project, and see pictures of the installation below.
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why i did this:
every lyric and note i have ever written has come from the room i grew up in. i lived in this room until i was 27. kinda f***ed up but i never felt the need to leave. i felt so independent on tour that when i came home to new jersey i just wanted to be in the room i existed my entire life in. learned to love music in there was i was 10 - wrote my first songs in there when i was 12 - started recording and having band practice in there at 13 - had all my relationships there - started touring and would come home to this room - wrote all the steel train songs in there - started bleachers in this room while fun was getting bigger and i was still living there - strange desire came from this room .... and now ... this new album. gone now is about moving on and how we can't take it all with us. when i thought about where this album was coming from and what it’s kissing goodbye i thought of this room. i wished i could play the album for people who care about bleachers in this space that it is coming from and leaving. so i removed my room. every inch of it. every wall, the rug, my bed, every poster and sticker ..... this is literally exactly how i left it (doc to come on how we actually did this ..). it's a bit literal but the only way i was going to fully move on and live what i'm trying to live on gone now was to remove this room and freeze it. it speaks to how badly i want to enter the next phase of my life and how impossible it is for me to let go of what's gone. cause with what's gone are people ... this room has seen it all as far as my life goes.
some information: i will be taking the room on tour with me so people around the country can hear the album in it before shows. it will be at the may and june dates. i haven't decided what will happen after that yet. come in - touch whatever you want - hear gone now in its birthplace and in the center of its inspiration.
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