For some criminal reason, The Antlers opened up the show again. Everyone was clearly there for them, it was beautiful.
They opened with Bear. I love the way the song starts. It’s so gentle and soothing. For Thirteen Darby and Peter sing the parts Sharon sings on the album. Sharon’s part on that song is one of my most favourite parts of the record, but it works so well with Peter and Darby singing it too. It was completely beautiful. Sylvia is something so special. The whole song is epic, but the part at the very end of the song absolutely kills me. Peter takes so much care over each word. There’s so much power in his voice and it’s stunning. The played Atrophy and then Shiva. I love how bold Shiva sounds live. They closed with Two. It’s such a brilliant song, I love how it’s all just one giant exhalation of words over the top of beautiful sounds. It’s perfect.
After The Antlers’ set a friend and I waited for a friend while she waited to interview the band. We waited at the merch stall while the band packed away their gear for the rental company, and I was most pleased to see that they had sold out of Hospice vinyls. We did the interview on the stairs. Michael and I agreed that next time they’re here we should get Nando’s (!). After the interview was done we went downstairs and said a sad goodbye, I really wish they could stay longer and play more shows. One of the best live bands I’ve seen all year, and ever, and such lovely people. If you ever get the chance to see The Antlers, don’t miss it. Listen to Hospice, and I hope you get to love it all as much as I do.