The Antlers with Mutual Benefit

Thursday • Woodward Theater

May 13, 2015 at 8:46 am
click to enlarge The Antlers
The Antlers

There is a sense of desolation and edgy calm in The Antlers’ expansively compelling soundscapes. If you were freezing to death on an Antarctic ice shelf, this is the music your brain would spontaneously create to distract you from your imminent popsicle-hood. And whether The Antlers are exploring the quieter, more reflective regions of their sonic spectrum or banging around at the nexus of Punk and Ambient Art Pop like Cursive and Death Cab for Cutie doing tributes to Brian Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets and Music for Airports, the result is thrilling, chilling, slightly unnerving and subversively satisfying.

The Antlers began as a lo-fi bedroom project for guitarist/vocalist Peter Silberman after he moved to New York City 10 years ago. The first two Antlers albums, 2006’s Uprooted and 2007’s In the Attic of the Universe, were written and recorded by Silberman alone. In the wake of his first two albums, Silberman tracked two short EPs, Cold War and New York Hospitals, the second of which featured guest drummer Michael Lerner, who quickly became a permanent member along with multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci.

The Antlers’ first album as an actual band, 2009’s Hospice, was a concept piece that described an abusive relationship through the analogous characters of an end-of-life-care nurse and a terminally ill patient. The album received great reviews, including best-of-the-year notices, and earned The Antlers a contract with Frenchkiss, who remastered and reissued Hospice to even greater acclaim.

After 2011’s well regarded Burst Apart, The Antlers signed with ANTI- Records and created last year’s tour de force hit Familiars, an Indie Rock/Chamber Pop combination of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and all the sonic touchstones the trio had individually and collectively drawn on from the beginning. The band’s cinematic qualities haven’t been lost on music coordinators; The Antlers music has been used in several television shows and films, including the just-released The Age of Adaline.

If you have any mental imagery that lacks the proper soundtrack, The Antlers may be your perfect accompaniment.

THE ANTLERS play Thursday at Woodward Theater. Tickets/more info here.