MusicfestNW 2011, Saturday: The Antlers

photo by William Anthony

The Antlers began as a bedroom project and is now anything but that. Their current sound falls under the genre “chamber” rock, which is basically a more orchestral style of rock. The Antlers use a lot of haunting synth, reverb-drenched guitar and vocals led by Peter Silberman that are often in a higher register and feature his brilliant falsetto range. They recently released a new album recently titled Burst Apart, opting for a more electronic sound than in their previous works. The Antlers sound better than ever and should not be missed — they play as part of KEXP’s live broadcast at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge during MusicfestNW and later tonight at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 6pm.

I usually jot down brief notes during shows to check later when I’m writing up a review; during The Antlers five song set, I didn’t touch my notebook. Just now, I sat and stared at this computer screen for ten minutes and am still having a hard time coming up with any words to describe this show. I am speechless. Everything about the show was bang on, from the chemistry between band members to Silberman’s falsetto. Several songs in their set were some of the slower songs off the new album, like devastatingly beautiful “Hounds,” but even these were captured succinctly, demanding feeling, emotion. The crowd was by far the largest that Doug Fir Lounge has seen all weekend during KEXP’s broadcasts. The outdoor show tonight should be packed.

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay:

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