Recently, New Jersey indie rockers Bleachers did a few shows on the West Coast. The mini-tour was dubbed the I Love Making This Album but I’m Also Losing My Mind in Here and Need to Come Out and Play Tour. The first stop was a sold-out show at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California.
The band opened their set with ‘Let’s Get Married’. The energy in the venue jumped to a whole new level once they stepped on stage and it was clear everyone came to have a good time. Bleachers’ stage presence alone made the show so entertaining to watch as they all looked like they were having a blast while playing. I think that the positive vibe they gave off resonated with the crowd. During the show, it felt like it was at a dive bar and not a typical thousand capacity club — lead singer Jack Antonoff knew how to make the show feel like an intimate experience and he did a great job of interacting with the crowd.
One of the best parts of the show was how easy going the set was. Nothing seemed to be set in stone as far as a setlist, so it felt like we were just seeing the band jam out. It was a fun addition when they also did a cover of ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’. Looking at the crowd, everyone was dancing along and it was clear how dedicated Bleachers fans really are because from beginning to end everyone was visibly having a good time. It was hard to hear Antonoff singing at certain points because of this.
The standout moment from the show was when Antonoff and saxophonist Evan Smith went back and forth playing different pieces to see if they could keep up with each other. That was a fun moment to watch and the crowd really got into it, cheering on Smith since Antonoff kept trying to make it harder for him.
One of the last songs of the set was ‘I Wanna Get Better’, and with it being one of Bleachers’ most well-known songs everyone started to sing along as loud as they could. Towards the end of the song, Antonoff jumped down to the crowd and got on the barricade, and immediately the crowd pushed to the front in hopes of getting closer. Throughout the show, everyone kept yelling for the band to play ‘Don’t Take the Money’, which was ultimately the last song to be played, ending the show on a high note.
Leaving the show, everyone visibly seemed to have had a great time. Bleachers surely did not disappoint. It will be interesting to see what the band has in store for the new year.