Antietam (band)

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OriginLouisville, Kentucky, United States
GenresIndie rock
Years active1984–1996, 2004-present
LabelsHomestead, Triple X, Carrot Top Records
Associated actsBabylon Dance Band, Yo La Tengo, The Special Pillow, Cobalt, Eleventh Dream Day
MembersTara Key
Tim Harris
Josh Madell
Past membersWolf Knapp
Michael Weinert
Sean Mulhall
Danna Pentes
Charles Scultz

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.[1][2] They signed to Homestead Records who issued their eponymous debut in July 1985.[1] By the release of second album Music from Elba, Weinert had been replaced by former Babylon Dance Band drummer Sean Mulhall, and Danna Pentes of Fetchin Bones had been added on violin.[1][2][3] They relocated to New York, and it would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.[1] 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.[1] Josh Madell replaced Schultz, and played on Everywhere Outside (1991) and the live album Antietam Comes Alive!, recorded as CBGB.[1] 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.[2]

Tara Key released two solo albums in 1994 and 1995, featuring Harris and various members of Antietam.[1] 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.[2] Harris went on to record with Yo La Tengo and The Special Pillow.[2] Madell went on to drum for Codeine and Retsin.[2][3] In 1996, Key performed with Yo la Tengo as The Factory's house band in the film I Shot Andy Warhol.[4]

Antietam reformed in 2004, releasing the album Victory Park, and have since release Opus Mixtum (2008), Tenth Life (2011) and Intimations of Immortality (2017).[2]




  • 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
  • Intimations of Immortality (2017), Motorific Sounds


  • "Until Now/Rain" (1986), Homestead
  • "Eaten Up by Hate/Naples/Day Before Tomorrow" (1989), Triple X
  • "Alibi/Pegasi 51" (1996), Other Music

Babylon Dance Band[edit]



  • "When I'm Home/Remains of the Beat" (1981)
  • "Someday/Rubbertown" (1990), Trash Flow

Tara Key[edit]


  • Bourbon County (1994), Homestead
  • Ear and Echo (1995), Homestead

Rick Rizzo & Tara Key[edit]


  • Dark Edson Tiger (1999), Thrill Jokey
  • Double Star (2011), Thrill Jockey


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 204
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mason, Stewart "Antietam Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-06-26
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p. 19-20
  4. ^ Fine, Jon (1996) "I Shot Andy Warhol", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 1996, p. 56, retrieved 2011-06-26

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