The raw emotion and impassioned lyrics The Antlers delivered on 2009‘s Hospice, set the Brooklyn band up for greatness.
So few bands attempt conceptual albums nowadays, even less will tackle deep-rooted subjects like terminal illness and emotional wringing through psychological abuse opting instead for lighter fare.
“Hospice came from the idea of caring for a terminal patient who’s mentally abusive to you,” Silberman said. “You don’t have the right to argue with them, either, because they’re the one who’s dying here; they’re the one that’s been dealt a wrong hand. So you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually, you realize that this person is just destroying you.”
Four months have passed since Peter Silberman, Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci entered the studio to begin work on their new album. As of January 21st, the band tweeted it was “time for shots” because the album was officially done.
Silberman says fans can expect a record that’s “sort of energetic and, in its way, psychedelic. It does have an emotional punch, but it’s a little less desperate. There are no life or death situations on this record, no terminal illness, no abusive relationships. I felt like this album didn’t necessarily have to be so directly based on my life – it puts too much pressure on your life to be interesting,” he tells Pitchfork.
“This is not a sad record.”
Writing and recording the new album was a different experience this time around; The Antlers being a solid band with heavy touring under their belt and Silberman now in a different frame of mind
“That was the trickiest thing for me to figure out as far as writing this record. Hospice revolved around such a specific, crazy life event and, moving forward from that, I realized I wasn’t in a position to complain anymore. I was really happy with my life. It was good because it meant that I couldn’t just rely on misfortune or unhappiness to write.
“Over the past couple years, we got into a lot of electronic music and post-rock that ended up coloring the new record. Stuff like Portishead, Boards of Canada, Dirty Three, Low– I’m not listening to [Neutral Milk Hotel’s] In the Aeroplane Over the Sea as much as I was when I was 19.
“To me, the new album sounds like an electronic, grooving record. There’s less big, dramatic fanfare.”
The Antlers as-yet-untitled forthcoming album is tentatively scheduled for a May release.