The Antlers (band)

The Antlers is an American indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band's songs are written and sung by Peter Silberman. Their music is performed by Silberman, Darby Cicci (trumpet, upright/electric bass, keyboards, synths, vocals) and Michael Lerner (drums). The band's instrumentation typically consists of vocals, electric guitar, keyboards/synths, drums and an array of other instruments including piano, horns, strings, and electronic elements.[1] Silberman has said that the band's name is taken from The Microphones' song "Antlers".

The Antlers
The Antlers live at Neumos in Seattle in 2010
The Antlers live at Neumos in Seattle in 2010
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
Years active2006–2015, 2019–present
LabelsFall, Frenchkiss, Transgressive, ANTI-
MembersPeter Silberman
Michael Lerner
Past membersDarby Cicci
Justin Stivers
Nicholas Shelestak


Early history (Uprooted and In The Attic of the Universe 2006-2007)Edit

Initially, The Antlers was the solo project of vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman, who started recording solo concept albums in 2003. Silberman eventually renamed the project to The Antlers shortly after moving to Brooklyn, New York City in late 2005.[2] Silberman's first album, Uprooted, contained nine songs which he wrote and recorded himself. It was self-released in October 2006. The follow-up album In the Attic of the Universe was also written and recorded by Silberman. It was released for free online in March 2007 and also received a CD release in November 2007 on Fall Records.

Cold War and New York Hospitals (2007)Edit

After the release of In the Attic of the Universe, Silberman recorded two EP's entitled Cold War and New York Hospitals, the latter featuring Michael Lerner and Sharon Van Etten as guests. Shortly thereafter, Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci came on board transforming The Antlers into a collaborative group.

Hospice (2009)Edit

The Antlers’ third full-length album, Hospice, marked the beginning of the project's shift from Silberman's solo project into its full-band incarnation, featuring significant contributions from Lerner and Cicci, as well as guest vocals by Sharon Van Etten.[3] The band self-released the album in March 2009, selling out all of the quantities in stock. They later signed with New York City-based label Frenchkiss Records, who released a re-mastered version of Hospice on August 18, 2009.[4] Silberman has described 'Hospice' as the story of an emotionally abusive relationship, told through the analogy of a hospice worker and a terminally-ill patient.[5] The album received critical praise for both its narrative and musicianship, and has since been listed on several "Album of the Year" lists.[6] The artwork for the album was designed by Zan Goodman.

Burst Apart and (together) EP (2011)Edit

In 2011, The Antlers released their fourth studio album Burst Apart on May 10 through Frenchkiss Records in the United States and on May 9 through Transgressive Records in the UK, Europe and Japan. The album was met with mostly positive reviews from musical publications and was regarded as a successful growth from their previous release ‘Hospice’.[7][8][9] The record received praise from well-regarded publications such as New York Times, The Guardian, Under The Radar, and Pitchfork who gave it the endorsement of their ‘Best New Music’ category. The artwork for Burst Apart was designed by Darby Cicci and Zan Goodman.

On November 22, The Antlers released an EP entitled (together). The 8 song EP consists of remixes, and alternate versions of songs from ‘Burst Apart’. The EP features collaborations with a number of different artists including Bear in Heaven, Neon Indian, and Nicole Atkins. Along with the alternate versions from Burst Apart, the EP also features a cover of The xx's "VCR", a remix by PVT, and a new song featuring Cicci on vocals. The artwork for this EP was designed by Darby Cicci.

Undersea EP (2012)Edit

On July 24, 2012, The Antlers released a four-song EP entitled Undersea on ANTI- in the U.S. and Transgressive Records in the UK/Europe. This 4 song EP has been described by the band as an imitation of "the serenity of drifting off to sleep or sinking to the bottom of the ocean."[10] The record received widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork stating that the band's "mutually reliant interplay has never been stronger than it is here."[11] Darby Cicci designed the artwork for the EP.

Familiars (2014)Edit

The band's 5th full-length studio album entitled Familiars was released on June 17, 2014 via ANTI- in the U.S. and Transgressive in the U.K./Europe. The album was recorded and produced by the band in their Brooklyn based studio, and mixed by Chris Coady. On March 31, 2014, after releasing a cryptic video teaser the week prior, the band announced the release of the nine-track album along with a music video to the album's first single "Palace". The video was directed by Hana Tajima. Darby Cicci designed the artwork for the album.

Familiars has received rave reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone, who commented that "Familiars finds the Antlers on a new, magnificent level of heavy songwriting."[12] Many critics alluded to the growth of The Antler's artistic approach on the album. MOJO called the work "another existentially-minded beauty...turning agony into something approaching ecstasy." Loud and Quiet commented on the record's success: "Slow-burning, poised and richly beautiful... The Antlers have been responsible for a handful of the most soul-shifting moments in guitar-based indie rock over the last few years, and this should see the band cement their place in the genre's upper echelons."[13]


  • Peter Silberman – vocals, guitar, harmonica, harp, accordion, keyboards (2006–present)
  • Michael Lerner – drums, percussion (2007–present)
  • Darby Cicci – keyboards, trumpet, bowed banjo (2007–2019)[14]
  • Justin Stivers – bass guitar, backing vocals (2007-2008)[15]
  • Nicholas Shelestak – synthesizer, guitar, laptop (2007)[16]
  • Timothy Mislock – bass guitar, guitar (touring musician)

Festivals and performancesEdit

In 2014, The Antlers performed at MusicfestNW and Hellow Festival in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2013, The Antlers performed at such festivals as First City Festival, Festival Centro in Colombia, and Formoz Festival in Taipei. In 2012, they performed at Bonnaroo, Lowlands, All Tomorrow's Parties, Untapped, End of the Road Festival, Pukkelpop in Belgium, OFF in Poland, and many others. Prior to this, the band performed at Austin City Limits festival, Sasquatch, and Great Escape in 2011, and Primavera Sound Festival, Osheaga Festival, and Lollapalooza in 2010.[17] They also toured in support of The National for a number of dates in June 2010.

In fall 2015, The Antlers ended a worldwide tour in support of Familiars. The tour began in June 2014 with performances across the U.S., Europe and Australia. Some of these performances included the Perth International Arts Festival, Arcosanti, and Standon Calling. The Antlers joined Death Cab for Cutie on tour in 2015, as well as a handful of dates with Spoon. In spring 2019, The Antlers toured across the U.S. and Europe in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the album, Hospice.

Television appearancesEdit

The Antlers appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 23, 2011 performing their song "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" from the album ‘Burst Apart’. They also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 6, 2011, performing the song "I Don't Want Love" also from ‘Burst Apart’.[18]



Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Indie


  • Released: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Self-released
In the Attic of the Universe
  • Released: November 6, 2007
  • Label: Fall
Hospice [A] 45 [B]
Burst Apart
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Label: Frenchkiss
82 15 [C] 167
Familiars 73 12 19 105 94
Green to Gold
  • Released: March 26, 2021
  • Label: Anti-, Transgressive
[D] 92
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released

Live albumsEdit

  • In London (2015)


  • You Crawl To Our Sleep (2005)
  • February Tape (2007)
  • Cold War (2007)
  • New York Hospitals (2008)
  • (together) (2011)
  • Undersea US No. 186 (ANTI-, July 24, 2012)[29]


  • "Bear" (2009)
  • "Two" (June 22, 2009)
  • "Sylvia" (March 22, 2010)
  • "I Don't Want Love" (2011)
  • "No Widows" (2011)
  • "French Exit" (2011)
  • "Drift Dive" (June 26, 2012) UK Sales No. 14[30]
  • "Palace" (March 31, 2014)
  • "Hotel" (May 5, 2014)
  • "Wheels Roll Home" (October 6, 2020)
  • "It Is What It Is" (November 10, 2020)

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2009 "Two" Ethan Segal and Albert Thrower
2010 "Bear" Evan Dennis
"Sylvia" Trey Hock
2011 "Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out" Juliet Rios and Gabe Imlay
2012 "Drift Dive"
2014 "Palace" Hana Tajima
"Hotel" Derrick Belcham
2020 "Wheels Roll Home" Derrick Belcham & Emily Terndrup


  1. ^ Hospice did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 12 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[25]
  2. ^ Hospice did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 200 Albums chart, but peaked at number 45 on the Flemish Alternative Albums chart.[26]
  3. ^ Burst Apart did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 200 Albums chart, but peaked at number eight on the Flemish Heatseekers chart.[27]
  4. ^ Green to Gold did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 88 on the US Current Album Sales Chart.[28]


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