|Origin||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Years active||1984–1996, 2004-present|
|Labels||Homestead, Triple X, Carrot Top|
|Associated acts||Babylon Dance Band|
Antietam is an indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky formed in 1984 by members of the Babylon Dance Band, husband and wife duo Tara Key and Tim Harris. They released six albums between 1985 and 1995, and since the late 1980s have been based in New York. They ceased working as a band in 1996 but reformed in 2004 and have gone on to release several more albums.
Key and Harris (both vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, and half of the Babylon Dance Band) initially recruited Wolf Knapp and Michael Weinert to complete the Antietam lineup, the name taken from the site of a battle in the American Civil War. They signed to Homestead Records who issued their eponymous debut in July 1985. By the release of second album Music from Elba, Weinert had been replaced by former Babylon Dance Band drummer Sean Mulhall, and Danna Pentes of Fetchin Bones had been added on violin. They relocated to New York, and it would be three years before their next release, the "Eaten up by Hate" twelve-inch single, now on Triple X Records. They followed this with the album Burgoo in 1990, produced by Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo, and now with Charles Schultz on drums. Josh Madell replaced Schultz, and played on Everywhere Outside (1991) and the live album Antietam Comes Alive!, recorded as CBGB. The band returned to Homestead for the album Rope-a-Dope in 1995. The band's last release from this period was the "Alibi" single in 1996.
Tara Key released two solo albums in 1994 and 1995, featuring Harris and various members of Antietam. After Antietam, Key recorded with Eleventh Dream Day's Rick Rizzo on the album Dark Edson Tiger (2000), and they collaborated again on the 2011 album Double Star. Harris went on to record with Yo La Tengo and The Special Pillow. Madell went on to drum for Codeine and Retsin. In 1996, Key performed with Yo la Tengo as The Factory's house band in the film I Shot Andy Warhol.
Antietam reformed in 2004, releasing the album Victory Park, and have since release Opus Mixtum (2008) and Tenth Life (2011).
- Antietam (1985), Homestead
- Music From Elba (1986), Homestead
- Burgoo (1990), Triple X
- Everywhere Outside (1991), Triple X
- Antietam Comes Alive! (1992), Triple X
- Rope-a-Dope (1995), Homestead
- Victory Park (2004), Carrot Top
- Opus Mixtum (2008), Carrot Top
- Tenth Life (2011), Carrot Top
- "Until Now" (1986), Homestead
- "Eaten Up by Hate" (1989), Triple X
- "Alibi" (1996), Other Music
Babylon Dance Band
- Four on One (1994), Matador
- "When I'm Home" (1981)
- "Someday" (1990)
- Bourbon County (1994), Homestead
- Ear and Echo (1995), Homestead
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