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The Antlers played Bowery Ballroom (12/15)

December 16, 2009

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.

The Antlers will open for Editors at Terminal 5 on February 19th.  Tickets here.  Video for ‘Two’ after the jump.

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.

The Antlers – Sylvia

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. PBall permalink
    December 16, 2009 3:33 pm

    You know you’re doing something right when hipsters start dropping like sacks of potatoes. A haunting and beautiful show. Thank you to the Antlers.

  2. MA-MACE permalink
    December 16, 2009 4:55 pm

    did you pick her up?

  3. PBall permalink
    December 16, 2009 6:06 pm

    Offered to help. Was declined. Then proceeded to return to the elbows out and head nodding.

  4. December 16, 2009 10:24 pm

    Just posted my recording of this show http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=2160

  5. Lil Donde permalink
    December 17, 2009 12:04 pm

    love not only the review, but the new addition of falling snow! the raptor’s gettin fancy.

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