Bleachers and Fun were both born out of the same "hopeful darkness" of his early suburban years

little more than two years ago, Jack Antonoff celebrated Fun's No. 1 single, "We Are Young," in an unusual way: by starting to write songs for a new band, Bleachers. "The Beatles did 12 songs every six months," says Antonoff, who chafes at the idea that if you're as successful as Fun was with its second album, "Some Nights" - 5.1 million sold, with "We Are Young" moving another 7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan - you get the chance to make and tour just 12 new songs every three-and-a-half years. "Everybody should have two bands if you look at it like that.

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