Jack Antonoff of fun. and Steel Train fame had a big year: He debuted an album with his new project Bleachers and helped out Taylor Swift with a few songs on her new album including the chart-topping “Out of the Woods.”
Antonoff released Bleachers’ first single, “I Wanna Get Better,” and announced the existence of Bleachers itself all on one February day—before that, he didn’t tell anyone he was working on a new project except for close friends and family. The entire album, Strange Desire, came out in July and the band’s been touring since.
EW talked with Antonoff about why he initially kept Bleachers a secret, how Yoko Ono got involved with Strange Desire, and what it was like working with Swift on 1989.
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