Posted in music | pictures on June 18, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Antlers @ Rough Trade NYC - 6/17/14
The Antlers

The Antlers released their new album Familiars yesterday (6/17), and on release day they celebrated with an in-store at Rough Trade NYC where they played the album start to finish. Pictures are in this post.

It's their third album since frontman Peter Silberman turned The Antlers into a full band and released the highly-acclaimed Hospice (and fifth overall), and as last night's show further proved, the most somber of the three. The Antlers had been increasingly becoming a full-sounding band, but last night they were without their bassist/guitarist, instead joined by Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem/David Byrne & St. Vincent/etc collaborator Kelly Pratt (also ex-Beirut who we just caught at 50 Kent) on trumpet and keys, who helped them favor atmosphere over grandiosity. The new stuff is also their jazziest, and not because of the horns but because of the chord changes and light, fusion-inflicted drumming.

The band may not have gotten loud last night, but damn if they weren't powerful. Peter hardly spoke at all during songs, whispering "thanks for coming to our record release show, we really appreciate it" and "how is everyone tonight?" but otherwise stayed zoned in to the band's material. The horns (Kelly and Antlers multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci both contributed them on every song) really help define this new stuff, and seeing those arrangements come to life was a thrill. But Peter dishing out those deeply personal lyrics like he meant every word was the highlight of the show over and over again. It's hard to think of a band who five years ago wrote a concept album about cancer "maturing," but Familiars gives the vibe that Peter is looking back on the troubled past that informed Hospice with a newfound wisdom, while still sounding as emotionally heavy.

The Antlers will begin a full tour later this month with Mr. Twin Sister which includes a much larger NYC show on July 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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Comments (16)

Amazing how people still rag on the National for being boring when this band exists.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:03 AM

^ dude chill, they both suck

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:14 AM

new album sounds good live but it was cold as ice not playing anything off it. people wanted an encore and naught was given.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:17 AM

Their first album is quite great, the second was a definite comedown, not sure about this one yet.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:23 AM

YAWN. they (national) and (antlers) are both snoozefests.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:26 AM

The iPods.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 10:31 AM

city brahz

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 11:04 AM

The Antlers "celebrated"? Really? I was thoroughly bored, and I don't remember seeing a band with less charisma. I walked outside and saw a sunset that made me glad I left early.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 11:12 AM

track to track diversity is where it's at, broz.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 1:27 PM

BOOOOORING!

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 1:44 PM

Even those 15 year old kids on the front look bored.

Srsly, tho, what happened to Timmy

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 2:40 PM

BrooklynVegan: Great pics.... thanks so much for covering this show. And BRAVO to The Antlers for producing yet another marvelous album!

And for you immature ass-wipes making derogatory comments (which is so commonplace on this site), I'm sure that neither The Antlers, The National, or any other band couldn't care any less about what you idiots have to say about anything. Of course it's easy to make comments when you can do it anonymously, isn't it? I have no doubt that many of you are frustrated 'musicians' with little or no talent, creativity, or motivation to succeed in music or much else in this world. But maybe it's time for you to move out of your parents basement and attempt to get a life of your own, regardless of how difficult that's going to be.

Posted by Peter Demarco | June 18, 2014 3:55 PM

I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAAACK, guys.
Thanks for tuning in for our show the other night, boys. It was a real thrill. Hope to see you next time.
To "anonymous" who talked shit about Peter Demarco. Fukkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuu.
To Peter Demarco: You're fucking stupid and should shut the fuck up you fucking fuck.

Posted by Abraham Fucking Lincoln | June 18, 2014 4:28 PM

The truth hurts, doesn't it? I rest my case.... HA!

Posted by Peter Demarco | June 18, 2014 4:44 PM

it's a fine album, good songs, beautiful arrangements, quiet, meditative- that is not boring to me, especially if the songs are as well written as these are..

Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2014 5:06 PM

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