The Antlers confirm work on their first new album in five years

Their last record was 2014's 'Familiars'

The Antlers have been writing songs for their first new record in over five years.

Frontman Peter Silberman told NME that the band have been working on a follow-up to 2014’s ‘Familiars’, but have put things on hold while they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Hospice’. The Brooklyn duo re-issued the record earlier this month and will perform its songs in a predominantly acoustic style as part of a brief world tour which starts next week.

“Before we’d been gearing up for these shows, Michael [Lerner – drummer] and I had been in the midst of working on a new record – a new Antlers record – and I put it on the backburner for a minute while we get ready to go on tour,” Silberman said. “We’re gonna be wrapping up these shows in the spring, and then get back to the record.”

Antlers Hospice

The Antlers performing live in 2014

He continued: “It’s been really nice to be working with [Lerner] again, and just be thinking about what an Antlers record means in 2019, 2020, 2021. It was one thing, and it becomes another – the more we imagine how it changes, while holding onto its identity at the same time, the more room there is for growth.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Silberman said that he takes things “day-by-day” in terms of writing new music.

“That’s become my way of living – to try and have good days, and shape my way of living in a way that would be healthy and creative and fulfilling, to the best of my ability.”

The duo have been relatively quiet in the last few years. In 2017, they were forced to deny rumours that they were breaking up after telling a fan on Twitter that their then-hiatus would last “probably forever”.

The Antlers’ tour dates 2019 are as follows:

MARCH
17 – Seattle, WA, Fremont Abbey Arts Center
20 – Portland, OR, The Old Church
22 – San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
23 – Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge
26 – Boston, MA, The Sinclair
27 – Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
28 – Washington, DC, Miracle Theatre
30 – Brooklyn, NY, First Unitarian Congregational Society
31 – Brooklyn, NY, First Unitarian Congregational Society

APRIL
19 – Leeds, Belgrave Hall
20 – Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre
21 – Glasgow, St. Lukes
23 – London, Union Chapel
25 – Leuven, Hot Depot
26 – Amsterdam, Vondelkerk
28 – Copenhagen, Hotel Cecil
30 – Dublin, Sugar Club