Bleachers And Bruce Springsteen Play 'Chinatown' Live For The First Time

By Katrina Nattress

December 7, 2020

Last month, Bleachers made their triumphant return and released two new songs: "Chinatown" and "45." On Monday, the band shared live video clips of both, played atop the roof of the famous Electric Lady Studios, and Bruce Springsteen joined the indie rockers on the former.

"I go to Electric Lady every day to work," bandleader Jack Antonoff said in a statement to Rolling Stone."I sit on the roof for hours and hours. Probably spent more time on that roof this year than my bed. Kept imagining the band up there on all the different levels playing on 8th Street with everything patched into the console of studio D. Was the first time we played these songs and the first time we played together since the pandemic. Was like a dream."

“'chinatown' starts in NYC and travels to new jersey," Antonoff explained in a statement about the tracks upon their release. "that pull back to the place i am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. thinking you know yourself and where you are from…. having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… i started to write this song with these ideas ringing in my head. to further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like. there are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die."

“'chinatown' and '45' are both the story of this—'chinatown' through someone else, '45' through the mirror," he continued. "as for bruce, it’s the honor of a lifetime to be joined by him. he is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place i am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world."

"Chinatown" and "45" will both be featured on the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2017's Gone Now, which is slated to come out sometime next year. Watch both live videos below.

Photo: Courtesy of Bleachers

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