Written and Photographed by Adele Sakey
As soon as you walked into Terminal 5 on Monday evening, it was difficult to move. Every inch of the New York City venue was filled to the brim with enthusiastic concert-goers waiting for Bleachers to take the stage on the second to last night of what Jack Antonoff called “the best tour of his life”. If you were at the show, or any other Bleachers show for that matter, you may have noticed posters adorning the venue providing information on Transgender and LGBTQ rights, or volunteers encourage you to donate to organizations helping to protect transgender people against discrimination. This is part of Jack Antonoff’s work with The Ally Coalition, an organization he helped to found with his former band, Fun., and sister and designer Rachel Antonoff. The organization serves to inspire people take action for LGBTQ equality. To learn more about The Ally Coalition and how you can support their cause, visit, http://theallycoalition.org/.
Australian musician Amy Shark was the first to grace the stage at Terminal 5. Although Shark has a relatively small discography, her fresh and anthemic tracks like “Drive You Mad” and “Weekends” charged the audience and prepared them for more of the same vigor and energy. Being the first of three acts, her set was short and sweet as she ended with the song that has garnered her the most praise: “Adore”. It is true that there is no shortage of songs about being hopelessly in love, but “Adore” is able to stand out from the crowd. Shark effortlessly infuses simple guitar instrumentation with emotionally charged beats and lyrics. If the success of this track, and the audience’s enthusiastic reaction to her set are any indication, there is no time to waste in attending one of Amy Shark’s shows. She will be ending her eventful year by opening for Sia in Australia, then in 2018 she is back in America for a headlining tour. Dates and tickets for Shark’s upcoming shows can be found here.
After Shark, Bishop Briggs raced onto the stage dressed, quite literally, head-to-toe in Adidas. This served her well as she treated the stage more like as Olympic track, as she ran from one end to the other for the duration of her set. If she was an olympian, Briggs would have surely won gold, as the amount of enthusiasm and excitement she displayed towards sharing her art with others was unparalleled. In between the deep bass and emotionally impactful lyrics of her songs, Bishop Briggs took a moment to retell the story of when she first met Jack Antonoff. She was performing at a small club in Los Angeles. After her performance Antonoff approached her to tell her that her song, “The Way I Do”, made him want to go home and write. Briggs shared this story to inform the audience that their dreams are valid, and her own success is the truest testament of this.
“It’s a joy to be here. It’s a fucking joy to be here”, Antonoff said to a crowd who undoubtedly felt the same exact way. Having spent in formidable years not far from the city in New Jersey, Antonoff and the rest of the band treated New York as a hometown show. Although the audience was already completely infatuated with their music, song after song Bleachers proved that they were worthy of this love. Throughout their set Bleachers performed songs off their debut record, Strange Desire, as well as Gone Now, which was released earlier this year. They also happened to weave in a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”. Bleachers ended part two of their Gone Now Era Tour in Brooklyn Tuesday night, however there are a few more opportunities to see them live this year. Additionally, in 2018 they’ll be heading on tour with Pink! You can find dates and tickets here.