Hello friends, and welcome back to this month’s episode of Nerdist Sessions, our in-studio performance series. After acoustic performances by A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, we thought we would kick it up a notch and invite the Antlers, one of our favorite bands, to come in and play an electric set of new songs from their third album Familiars.
As with all the Antlers’ material, their set had a lot of emotional gravity, and after playing through new tracks, “Palace,” “Hotel,” and “Refuge,” the Nerdist News set felt like a solemn chamber of reflection. Looking around after the performances, everyone who helped record this most recent session looked like they were in a distant place, transported by the Antlers’ brand of poetic, introverted rock.
All of this was why I decided to ask them the most irreverent questions I could think of. For instance did you know that lead songwriter’s Doppelganger is a porn star? We didn’t either! But now we can never un-know it. We also touched on what song from their own discography they would want the legendary “Weird Al” to perform and what it would be called. Perhaps one day the Antlers will be immortalized by the man himself in the parody cannon. It is surely a laudable goal.
Let the Antlers music fill your ears, heart, and soul, and then let us know what you think about the most recent installment of Nerdist Sessions in the comments below and on Twitter!