indie music profile: The Antlers

"Hospice is essentially about me and another person," Peter said. "About our relationship and its dissolution. I had other people in mind, friends who have been in similar situations, or who have recently found themselves in dysfunctional environments."

[image-1]Two years later on August 18, 2009 Hospice was finally released. The album was lauded critically for both its lyricism and sound, and has landed on quite a few "Album of the Year" lists.

NPR's Robin Hilton commented on the album: "Hospice is an epic but intimate album of astonishing beauty, as well as one of the most moving, heart-wrenching set of songs I've had the pleasure of hearing. It evolves and unfolds majestically, soaring from hushed moments to grand, cage-rattling swells of shredded guitar noise."

For more info on the band check out their official bio on their website here.

Click here to listen to a June 23, 2009 gig recorded by NPR in DC. Click here to listen to a live song from Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg recorded by vimeo. Click here for a few live songs recorded by the great site, Visit the band’s myspace page here and website here.

Check here to see if the Antlers have any gigs scheduled near you.

As always, whenever possible, please buy your music from your local independent music store by people who know and love music and not from retailers like Wal-Mart (soulless, globally-homogenizing, community-killers) or i-Tunes (albums should be listened to as an entire composition with album cover and liner notes in hand). Incidentally, these two companies sell more music than any other retailer in the United States. That my friend, bites.

The Antlers really rock.

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The Antlers began in 2006 as the solo gig of Peter Silverman (pictured right, in the middle), who, upon moving to Brooklyn, began writing his first several albums: Uprooted, recorded while moving; The February Tape, recorded over 60 minutes in a bathtub; In the Attic of the Universe, a single song stretched into an album; and Cold War, an acoustic album recorded in a week.

In 2007, while still rolling solo, Peter began working on Hospice, an autobiographical account of a man who deals with and ultimately loses a loved one to cancer. Soon after, the Antlers went from solo to trio after Peter was joined by Michael Lerner (drums) and Darby Cicci (keyboard, trumpet, banjo).

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