The Antlers (band)

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The Antlers
The Antlers at Neumos.jpg
The Antlers performing at Neumos in Seattle, Washington on May 5, 2010
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Indie rock, folk, dream pop, post-rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Fall Records, Frenchkiss Records, Transgressive Records, ANTI-
Members Peter Silberman
Michael Lerner
Darby Cicci

The Antlers is an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band’s lyrics are written and sung by Peter Silberman. Their music is composed and performed by Silberman, Darby Cicci (trumpet, upright/electric bass, keyboards, synths, vocals) and Michael Lerner (drums). The Antlers’ makeup has developed from a lo-fi, bedroom recording folk project into a heavily lush and orchestrated rock group with an aptitude for melodious experimentation and layering. The instrumentation consists of vocals, electric guitar, keyboards/synths, drums and an array of other instruments including piano, horns, strings, and electronic elements.[1] Silberman has said that the band's name is taken from The Microphones' song, "Antlers".


Early history (Uprooted and In The Attic Of The Universe 2006-2007)[edit]

Initially, The Antlers was a solo project created by vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman immediately after he had moved to Brooklyn, New York City.[2] Silberman’s first album, Uprooted, contained nine songs which he wrote and recorded himself. It was self-released in 2006. The follow-up album In the Attic of the Universe was also written and recorded by Silberman. It was released in November 2007 on Fall Records.

Cold War and New York Hospitals (2007)[edit]

After the release of In the Attic of the Universe Silberman recorded two EP’s entitled Cold War and New York Hospitals, the latter featuring Michael Lerner and Sharon Van Etten as guests. Shortly thereafter, Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci came on board transforming The Antlers into a collaborative group.

Hospice (2009)[edit]

The Antlers’ third full-length, Hospice, marked the beginning of the project’s shift from Silberman’s solo project into its full-band incarnation, featuring significant contributions from Lerner and Cicci, as well as guest vocals by Sharon Van Etten.[3] The band self-released the album in March 2009, selling out all of the quantities in stock. They later signed with New York-based label Frenchkiss Records, who released a re-mastered version of Hospice on August 18, 2009.[4][5] Silberman has described 'Hospice' as the story of an emotionally abusive relationship, told through the analogy of a hospice worker and a terminally-ill patient.[6] The album received critical praise for both its narrative and musicianship, and has since been listed on several "Album of the Year" lists.[7] The artwork for the album was designed by Zan Goodman.

Burst Apart and (together) EP (2011)[edit]

In 2011 The Antlers released their fourth studio album Burst Apart on May 10 through Frenchkiss Records in the United States and on May 9 through Transgressive Records in the UK, Europe and Japan. The album was met with mostly positive reviews from musical publications and was regarded as a successful growth from their previous release ‘Hospice’.[8][9][10] The record received praise from well-regarded publications such as New York Times, The Guardian, Under The Radar, and Pitchfork who gave it the endorsement of their ‘Best New Music’ category. The artwork for Burst Apart was designed by Darby Cicci and Zan Goodman.

On November 22, The Antlers released an EP entitled (together). The 8 song EP consists of remixes, and alternate versions of songs from ‘Burst Apart’. The EP features collaborations with a number of different artists including Bear in Heaven, Neon Indian, and Nicole Atkins. Along with the alternate versions from Burst Apart, the EP also features a cover of The XX’s “VCR”, a remix by PVT, and a new song featuring Cicci on vocals. The artwork for this EP was designed by Darby Cicci.

Undersea EP (2012)[edit]

On July 24, 2012, The Antlers released a four song EP entitled Undersea on ANTI- in the U.S. and Transgressive Records in the UK/Europe. This 4 song EP has been described by the band as an imitation of “the serenity of drifting off to sleep or sinking to the bottom of the ocean.”[11] The record received widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork stating that the band’s “mutually reliant interplay has never been stronger than it is here.”[12] Darby Cicci designed the artwork for the EP.

Familiars (2014)[edit]

The band’s 5th full-length studio album entitled Familiars was released on June 17, 2014 via ANTI- in the U.S. and Transgressive in the U.K./Europe. The album was recorded and produced by the band in their Brooklyn based studio, and mixed by Chris Coady. On March 31, 2014, after releasing a cryptic video teaser the week prior, the band announced the release of the nine-track album along with a music video to the album’s first single “Palace”. The video was directed by Hana Tajima. Darby Cicci designed the artwork for the album.

Familiars has received rave reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone, who commented that “Familiars finds the Antlers on a new, magnificent level of heavy songwriting.” The album is Antlers’ first full-length in three years.[13][14] Many critics alluded to the growth of The Antler's artistic approach on the album. MOJO called the work "another existentially-minded beauty...turning agony into something approaching ecstasy." Familiars may be the defining work of the band's stamp on the modern indie rock scene. Loud and Quiet commented on the record's success: "Slow-burning, poised and richly beautiful... The Antlers have been responsible for a handful of the most soul-shifting moments in guitar-based indie rock over the last few years, and this should see the band cement their place in the genre's upper echelons."[15]


Additional members[edit]

Festivals and performances[edit]

The Antlers are currently on a worldwide tour in support of Familiars. The tour began in June 2014 with performances across the U.S., and is continuing throughout Europe in the fall.

In 2014, The Antlers performed at MusicfestNW and Hellow Festival in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2013, The Antlers performed at such festivals as First City Festival, Festival Centro in Colombia, and Formoz Festival in Taipei. In 2012, they performed at Bonnaroo, Lowlands, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Untapped, End Of The Road Festival, Pukkelpop in Begium, OFF in Poland, and many others. Prior to this, the band performed at Austin City Limits festival, Sasquatch, and Great Escape in 2011, and Primavera Sound Festival, Osheaga Festival, and Lollapalooza in 2010.[16] They also toured in support of The National for a number of dates in June 2010.

Television appearances[edit]

The Antlers appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 23, 2011 performing their song “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out” from the album ‘Burst Apart’. They also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 6, 2011, performing the song "I Don't Want Love" also from ‘Burst Apart’.[17]


The Antlers' song "Kettering" from Hospice is featured in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival indie film Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi.

"Kettering" is also played during HBO’s 2010 Fall promo video, and in an episode of Chuck.

The song "Rolled Together" was played in the closing scene of the fifteenth episode of Season 2 of the USA Network show, Suits.

The song "Corsicana" was featured in the third episode of Season 4 of the USA Network show, Suits.


Studio albums[edit]


  • February Tape (2006)
  • Cold War (2007)
  • New York Hospitals (2008)
  • (together) (2011)
  • Undersea US No. 186 (ANTI-, July 24, 2012)[18]


  • "Two" (June 22, 2009)
  • "Bear" (November 16, 2009)
  • "Sylvia" (March 22, 2010)
  • "Drift Dive" (June 26, 2012)
  • "Palace" (March 31, 2014)
  • "Hotel" (May 5, 2014)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2009 "Two" Ethan Segal and Albert Thrower
2010 "Bear" Evan Dennis
"Sylvia" Trey Hock
2011 "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" Juliet Rios and Gabe Imlay
2012 "Drift Dive"
2014 "Palace" Hana Tajima
"Hotel" Derrick Belcham

Album credits[edit]

Familiars (2014)[edit]

Written and produced by The Antlers

Peter Silberman: vocals, guitar Darby Cicci: trumpet, upright/electric bass, piano, rhodes, synths, organ, vocals Michael Lerner: drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Brent Arnold: cello (tracks 2, 6, 9) Andrew Dunn: trombone (tracks 2, 9) Timmy Mislock: guitar (tracks 5, 6) Jon Natchez: trombone (tracks 4, 6, 8), euphonium, tuba, bari/tenor sax

Lyrics by Peter Silberman All songs published by Distressor Songs (BMI), Dead Birds Fly in Reverse (BMI), Zip and Fly (ASCAP)

Engineered by Darby Cicci and Peter Silberman at Antlercorp Studios, Brooklyn Mixed by Chris Coady at DNA Downtown Studios Additional engineering by David Tolomei Mastered by Joe Lambert

Photography/Design by Darby Cicci Cover photography by Louise Lemercier

Undersea (2012)[edit]

Written and produced by The Antlers

Peter Silberman: vocals, guitars, harp Darby Cicci: synths, piano, bass, trumpet, vocals Michael Lerner: drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Tim Mislock: guitar on “Drift Dive”

Lyrics by Peter Silberman Engineered by Darby Cicci Recorded at Antlercorp Studios, Brooklyn Mixed by The Antlers and Daniel Seiders Mastered by Joe Lambert Artwork/design by Darby Cicci

All songs published by Distressor Songs (BMI), Dead Birds Fly In Reverse (BMI), Zip and Fly (ASCAP)

Burst Apart (2011)[edit]

Peter Silberman: vocals, lyrics, guitar, mandolin, organ Darby Cicci: synthesizers, electric pianos, organ, bass, vocals, trumpet, banjo Michael Lerner: Drums, percussion

Engineered by Darby Cicci Mixed by The Antlers and Dan Seiders Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound

Cover design by Zan Goodman and Darby Cicci Cover photo by Justin Hollar

Hospice (2009)[edit]

Peter Silberman – vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica, harp, keyboards Darby Cicci – trumpet, bowed banjo Michael Lerner – drums, percussion Justin Stivers – bass Sharon Van Etten – vocals on "Kettering," "Thirteen," "Two," and "Shiva"

Recorded at Watcher's Woods, Brooklyn Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Original release mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk

Artwork by Zan Goodman Design by Darby Cicci


  1. ^ Jason Lymangrover. "The Antlers | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Peter Silberman" Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "'Hospice' by the Antlers - An Album Review"[dead link] Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Antlers sign to Frenchkiss, will remaster and re-release Hospice" Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Antlers sign to Frenchkiss" Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  6. ^ French Kiss Records - The Antlers - Profile
  7. ^ Number 8 on music blog aggregator Hype Machine's 2009 top 50
  8. ^ "The Antlers: Burst Apart | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Hawthorne, Marc (2011-05-10). "The Antlers: Burst Apart · Music Review · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  11. ^ Gina Cargas (2012-07-30). "Review: The Antlers - Undersea « PMA". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  12. ^ "The Antlers: Undersea | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork review, by Larry Fitzmaurice; June 18, 2014
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  16. ^ "HBO - Upcoming Programs Fall/Winter 2010 - Promo". YouTube. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  17. ^ "The Antlers Hit Fallon". Stereogum. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  18. ^ Young, Alex (2012-06-06). "The Antlers announce new EP: Undersea". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

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