The Antlers played Bowery Ballroom (12/15)
Photo courtesy of @MSG
“Thank you . . . you all right here for making this the best year of my life.”
Those were the heartfelt words spoken by Antlers leader Peter Silberman toward the end of their show last night at Bowery Ballroom (12/15). Sharon Van Etten (who opened the show) joined the band on vocals to bookend the set on opener ‘Thirteen’ and closer ‘Wake’. In between were the songs of Hospice, their critically acclaimed album and my favorite of 2009. The songs began delicately with goosebump lyrics and simple guitar and built into big, lush walls of noise kept tight by pounding drums and cymbals. The result was a walloping storm of sound. A little hipster girl next to me was so overwhelmed by ‘Atrophy’ that she passed out into a heap on the floor. I don’t blame her. Time and again, the band went for it, with Silberman leading the way on absolutely stunning vocals, from falsettos to full-on wails hitting high notes that seemed almost impossible.
UPDATE: As he notes below in the comments, NYC Taper recorded the show and made it available for download at his site. He also wrote a nice review. Check it out here.