Friday, September 28, 2012

The Antlers' "Undersea" Shines at Grog Shop Show

The Antlers took the Grog Shop stage last night with a set that spanned the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band's full-length albums, as well as their latest EP, Undersea. Bathed in blue lights, the group began the show with "Drift Dive," the dreamlike opener from their newest release, followed by Burst Apart's "Rolled Together" and "No Widows" before returning to Undersea's 8-minute-plus "Endless Ladder."

Singer and guitarist Peter Silberman's strong voice seemed to capture the sedate but thoroughly attentive crowd, especially as the set moved into selections from the band's acclaimed 2009 concept album, Hospice, and the whisperlike vocal opening of "Kettering," followed by "Shiva" and "Silvia."

Undersea's "Chrome" and "Zelda," were other standouts in the set, illustrating the band's deliberate sound evolution from the heavy and heart-rending subject matter of their previous releases. (Check out our 5 Questions with Peter Silberman in which he discusses the shift). Undersea is rich and layered and could make some wonder how it translates to the stage, but the band delivers it flawlessly.

A two-song encore brought what are arguably the band's two most popular songs, "I Don't Want Love" and "Putting the Dog to Sleep." The latter, a pleading and powerful examination of a relationship left in ruins, ignited the crowd before sending them off into the night.

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