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- Posted on Mar 20th 2010 3:00PM by Laura Leebove
Following sets from Frenchkiss labelmates Local Natives and Suckers, as well as mom + pop Tegan and Sara protégés An Horse, the Antlers took the stage at midnight, although the time was quickly forgotten once they started.
The group only got through five songs, which doesn't sound like much until you consider that more than half the tracks on the record clock in at more than five minutes. At the beginning and end of each song, guitarist and vocalist Peter Silberman, drummer Michael Lerner and keyboardist/effects guy Darby Cicci took time to build from delicate, glitchy electronics to huge, drawn-out chords that teetered on arena-rock territory. On top of these soundscapes was Silberman's falsetto yell, which isn't always perfect, but the stress in his voice is one of the most captivating aspects of their live sets.
While 'Hospice' does follow a storyline, most of the tracks stand fine on their own and out of sequence; this time it was 'Sylvia,' 'Bear,' 'Atrophy,' 'Two' and 'Wake.' Thirty minutes isn't much, especially for a band whose music seems to make time stop, so the Antlers had to compromise: When given the "let's wrap it up" signal after four songs, Silberman assured the crowd before the start of 'Wake,' "Yeah, we can do it in six minutes."
The Antlers on AOL Music