How Taylor Swift And Hayley Williams Helped Fun.’s Guitarist Go Solo

Jack Antonoff reveals the origins of Bleachers, and what his new band means for Fun.

For nearly a year now, Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff has had a secret: He’s been making an album.

On Tuesday, he finally let the world have a listen, unveiling “I Wanna Get Better,” a rousing, rushing slice of electro-pop from a project he’s calling Bleachers. There’s a tour set to kick off next month (including a performance at the mtvU Woodie Awards ) and a full album due in the spring … but today, Antonoff is still trying to figure out how to talk about the music that’s meant so much to him — and mostly only him — for so long now.

Turns out, it’s a lot more difficult than you’d imagine.

“I spent the past year working on the music but not talking about it, and eventually it became this psychotic alter-ego situation, where it was second nature to have this part of me that no one knew about,” he told MTV News. “Except for a small group of people, most of which happened to be members of my immediate family, no one was aware that this music, or this album even existed … even though it existed so deeply to me.”

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