On a Tuesday night in St. Louis, Bleachers opened their set to a packed audience at the Factory on November 2nd, 2021. With support from Midwest-native Claud, and despite being on the last leg of the Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night Tour with only four shows remaining, Bleachers still brought as much energy to their set as if it was the first night of tour. Jack Antonoff, producer, songwriter, and lead vocalist of the American indie pop act, expressed their gratitude to be able to tour again, for the first time since 2019.
With 21 songs on their setlist, fans heard staple songs including “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster,” as well as many more recent songs off the band’s newest and third studio album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, released in July of 2021. From the upbeat, high-energy songs, to saxophone solos to Jack’s piano ballads, Bleachers held the audience’s captive attention for the entirety of their set. In a quieter moment between songs, Jack introduced “Everybody Lost Somebody,” a song about coping with grief and loss off the band’s second album, as a song that’s taken on new light following the Covid-19 pandemic. Multi-talented Jack Antonoff’s lyrical honesty and introspection are one of the many things that draws a crowd to Bleachers shows, long-time fans and newcomers alike. As the sound of the final song of the evening “Stop Making This Hurt” faded out, the New Jersey-native band left the stage to the cheering of the crowd, having definitely taken the sadness out of a Tuesday night in St. Louis.