A day or so after teasing a brand new song was on the horizon, Bleachers has officially come through with the new track. On Friday (March 31), the Jack Antonoff-led act released their first new single since their 2014 debut, Strange Desire. Instead of giving fans the track outright, Antonoff sent fans on a scavenger hunt in New York City. The scavenger hunt led to an Antonoff piñata in Union Square filled with USBs that contained the brand new song.
The new song is titled “Don’t Take the Money” and features backing vocals from Lorde. Funny enough, Lorde not only contributed vocals to the song, but she also helped Antonoff write the song according to a tweet from the fun. guitarist. This isn’t the first time, or the last we can assume, the duo has worked together; co-produced Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama. Listen to “Don’t Take the Money” above.
“‘Don’t Take the Money’ is a phrase I say in my head all the time. It has nothing to do with actual money. It means to follow the light. Don’t ignore a gut feeling,” explains Antonoff in Twitter post.
“Don’t take the money.’ I repeat it to myself when I’m trying to stay on track. Specifically in this song I’m writing about my relationship and the verse and chorus run quickly through the past and the fight leading to the euphoria of seeing the light with someone else.”
“Don’t Take the Money” will be featured on Bleachers’ yet-to-be-titled sophomore album. The new record will reportedly be released sometime in 2017, but with this single’s release, it may be closer than we all thought.