This week, blossoming alternative band Bleachers released another song from their upcoming album, Gone Now, prior to its full release on June 2nd. “I Miss Those Days” is a song that dips into the common theme of nostalgia while mingling with the less common elements of their blooming sound: commanding backbeat, a colorful utilization of brass, and vibrant guitar presence. With each new song dropped just as strong as the last, Bleachers are setting the bar rather high for summer.

This group is quickly becoming this well-oiled machine that churns out better and better material every time. Jack Anotnoff and company have developed a style that meshes the likable aspects of pop with the lyrical and instrumental honesty of more developed genres. Polished and revamped are two of many ways to describe the architectural evolution of this band’s music and its structure. They seem to have found their way in combining different sound textures within a single song in a seamless manner, something their first album stuttered through. In many of their songs—old and new—the drum functions very deeply and powerfully as an overbearing heartbeat to their songs, something that is impossible to go unnoticed. Sometimes it’s loud and stuttering in desperate distress as it is in “Don’t Take The Money”, the first single off this new album release cycle. Other times it’s the careful support to the sentimental saxophone, like in “Everybody Lost Somebody”, another one of their newest releases.

Jack Antonoff at PIQNIQ Music Festival, May 20, 2017 (via Aesthetic Magazine)

Predictably, music this captivating is only accompanied by killer live shows. Many successful artists are capable of bridging that noticeable gap between artist and fan in a concert space, yet only a few do it particularly and notably well. One of Bleachers’ more recent shows was as part of WKQX’s Piqniq event, and served as the first showcase of their new songs, as stated by Antonoff onstage. They played a set that lasted less than an hour, yet managed to play a memorable role as a standout amongst the several other artists that performed over the course of that day.

The answer to their magnetic performing nature lies in a unique engagement between the voices onstage and the crowd. It’s done through a combination between Antonoff’s special ability to hold the attention of the entire room no matter how big, the intensity of the music itself, and a requited passion from their fans. Bleachers have a way of conjuring a sense of equal ground and understanding in the way they regard their songs in a live environment. The music itself is as atmospheric as it gets, and bringing it into the concert setting only amplifies those qualities. The depth of Antonoff’s words and the energy behind every guitar note suddenly become very real. When Bleachers roll through town on their tour this summer and on, it’s simply a musical spectacle you cannot miss.