‘Wide awake’ by Arches: “This is a concept album about a character who lives alone in a city. Mundane routines drive the character to flee the city and become a drifter. The character’s perspective of reality becomes convoluted with memories and current travels to the point where the character becomes unable to decipher past and present experiences”. For some reason it takes me back to The Antlers last album, ‘Hospice‘, which is another great concept album, and Arches succeeded in creating the same strong environment. Could be real hard to to tell a touching and honest story these days, but these guys do.
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You got to watch The Antlers special presentation on Pitchfork T.V of ‘Kettering’, a song of ‘Hospice’. Just wonderful. No words, just got to watch it.
Our friends at ‘Tell all your friends’ PR with bunch of great great bands. Got to catch them in Texas.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Phil & The Osophers
The So So Glos
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!
Yourself And The Air
The Antlers Announce US Tour W/ The National & Headlining Tour W/Phantogram / Premiere Video For “Bear” On Pitchfork / SXSW Dates To Be Announced Soon / Hospice LP Out NowWednesday, February 17th, 2010
Watch Bear on Pitchfork
US Tour Dates With Phantogram:
Fri-Apr-16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
Sat-Apr-17 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Sun-Apr-18 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Tue-Apr-20 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
Wed-Apr-21 – Iowa City, IA – The Blue Moose
Thu-Apr-22 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Fri-Apr-23 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
Wed-Apr-28 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Fri-Apr-30 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Sat-May-01 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
Mon-May-03 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tue-May-04 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Wed-May-05 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
US Dates With The National:
Wed-Jun-02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues w/The National
Thu-Jun-03 – Boston, MA – House of Blues w/The National
Fri-Jun-04 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory w/The National
Sat-Jun-05 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory w/The National
Sun-Jun-06 – Washington, DC – Constitution Hall w/The National
Tue-Jun-08 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall w/The National
Wed-Jun-09 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall w/The National
Wed-Jun-16 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall w/The National
…”Sometimes you have to put yourself first, no matter how difficult that notion seems; no matter how much time and effort you’ve already put into this one person—the person who’s reduced your very being to its absolute core. Just ask Peter Silberman, the string-pulling founder of The Antlers, a solo project that suddenly went widescreen on the self-released Hospice LP (now receiving a proper widespread pressing through Frenchkiss). The first Antlers effort to feature two key permanent players—powerhouse drummer Michael Lerner and the layer-lathering multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci—it’s an album with a sound that’s actually as ambitious as its concept.
“Hospice came from the idea of caring for a terminal patient who’s mentally abusive to you,” says Silberman. “You don’t have the right to argue with them, either, because they’re the one who’s dying here; they’re the one that’s been dealt a wrong hand. So you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually, you realize that this person is just destroying you.”
Appropriately enough, Hospice’s 10 distinct chapters resonate on debilitating sonic and lyrical levels, from the hypnotic harp and tension-ratcheting build of “Two” to the sing-or-sink choruses of “Bear” and the speaker-rattling peaks of “Sylvia,” easily one of the year’s most immediate epics. It’s here, amidst contrasting shards of ambient noise, sweeping strings and smoky horns, where The Antlers truly transcend Silberman’s singer-songwriter beginnings—a striking escalation of expectations first hinted at on 2008’s New York Hospitals EP. The progression doesn’t end there, either. In a move that could be taken as the riff-raking extension of his thorough guitar training (from the age of 6 ‘til right before college), “Atrophy” and “Wake” delve into sheets of distortion, subtle shades of soul, cicada-like effects and enough movements to fill an entire EP.
“We were going for something that’d be dense but not too complicated,” explains Silberman. “I hate the word ‘lush,’ but I guess that’s the best way of describing it. The structures are like pop songs—verse/chorus, verse/chorus—but the sound is a little more shoegaze-y or post-rocky.”
It’s about to get even more complicated, too, as The Antlers’ Technicolor-tinged trio take all of Hospice’s songs—and three previous releases—in a completely different direction, jettisoning a note-for-note rendition of the record for “a massive sound” doused in delay, reverb and unrehearsed chaos. And to think Cicci was a stage actor with a desire to drop it all for music just a few years ago.
“Hospice was the clear indication that this isn’t a singer-songwriter thing at all,” says Silberman. “Whatever we record next is going to define the three of us as a ‘band.’
He continues, “I always figured I’d be the ‘shredder’ in a group… But things somehow ended up this way.”
We wouldn’t have it any other way, either”…..
The Antlers have this most amazing new album, titled “Hospice. It is about a guy that is in love with a girl who is dying of cancer. Sometimes it is more complicated to be the one who is healthy, cause the sick one is simply trying to hang on and survive, and can`t deal with day to day chores, pleasures and feelings. It is very hard to feel your love is dying, and her love to you, is dying too. This album, as the title suggests, is very hard to swallow, long slow songs that build up slowly, repetitive with dreamy keyboard lines, pads, organs, nothing too pretty as far as production goes, no fancy tweaking. It is very hard for me to write about the subject and everything that it makes me feel, but I have been walking with it in my head for some time now, cant find the right words, just being drawn to it.
Peter Silberman moved to Brooklyn and stayed at his apartment for more than a year and wrote this beautiful masterpiece.
The Antlers’ 2009 album, Hospice, was recently named “Best Album of 2009 So Far” by NPR. Robin Hilton says, “Frontman Peter Silberman is only 23, but has produced one of the most beautiful and moving works I’ve heard in a long, long time. Just astonishing.”
Up until now, Peter Silberman was releasing his material independently
Only recently, the band has signed with Frenchkiss Records and Hospice will be re-released this August with wider distribution.
It is one of the best albums that I have heard in a long time. I like what Peter said in an interview when he was asked if he was pleased with the result of Hospice. I know I would have retired after making an album like this
“…I think by the time the record was done, it was really done. There was nothing left to write and nothing left to record or fix. It had reached the point where I knew it was going to start making less and less sense the longer the process went on, so when it was completed, I was ready. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time and energy on anything in my life. It’s the album I wanted to make”…..
Go and buy this. It is a must