In our current issue we wrote about tonight's the Antlers show, but we focused primarily on the opening act, Phantogram. Not to take anything away from these new Barsuk signees, but Brooklyn's the Antlers deserve plenty of attention as well. Hospice, their first recording as a full band, is an emotionally-draining conceptual recording—seriously, this record is like a swift kick to your soul—that centers around a couple's demise and terminal cancer. Yay, uplifting!
If that isn't enough to make you shed some eye water (and require some weakness tissues), their lead single "Bear" might be the best song about an abortion (sorry, Ben Folds) you've ever heard. The young protagonists deal with "putting an end" to the "kicking from within," only to discover the procedure absolutely devastates their relationship ("And all the while I'll know we're fucked/And not getting unfucked soon/When we get home we're bigger strangers than we've ever been before/You sit in front of snowy television, suitcase on the floor").
No, I'm not crying. Something just got in my eyes.
The Antlers, and Phantogram, perform at the Doug Fir tonight.