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Jack Antonoff Gets Wet with fun. Side Project Bleachers

The lead guitarist tells 'Fuse News' about his latest project, Bleachers

Last week marked fun.'s Jack Antonoff's live debut as Bleachers—his new solo indie pop project—at SXSW. Fuse's Esteban Serrano sat down with the guitarist to talk songwriting, lives shows... and drowning.

The interview follows the release of a lyric video for the song "I Want to Get Better," a slow-motion clip that has Antonoff repeatedly dunking himself in a bathtub. When asked if he almost drowned, the musician replied, "It was a lot less water than it seems! I'm holding my ears, I couldn't commit." Who could blame him?

The song is a prime example of what to expect from Bleachers—there's a certain level of intimacy inherent in all Antonoff's songwriting.

"I've always written from a very specific point of view, and I think the only way to be interesting is to tell your own stories so the song goes through all the things I've gone through in my life and caps it off with, 'I want to get better,'" Antonoff says. "For me, and I think a lot of people would agree with this, is the important thing you can think."  

Bleachers will appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers on March 26, to which Antonoff said "I'm going to throw up." Here's hoping he pulls a Gaga?

We were on the ground at SXSW 2014 all week. Check out all of our set reviews, live photo galleries, video interviews and more on our SXSW festival page.

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