Last week I received an email from one of the members of the group Antler Antennas asking me to merely check them out, warning me in advance that they are quite weird and really only on the fringe of Hip-Hop.
Needless to say, being the brave soul that I am…and well enough versed in music of many genres…I decided to dig in to see what they, these Antler Antennas, had to offer my ears.
Immediately, the “weird” that was described to me was present but it’s not as much weird as it is along the lines of electronic funk hop rock. The sound of the music immediately reminded me of Team Shadetek’s debut (at least I think it was their debut) album Burnerism (which if you enjoy experimental noise based grooves, I highly suggest you check it out) mixed with the vocal stylings of emcee/psudo-singer Eyedea of the Minneapolis based group Eyedea and Abilities that has a slot on Rhymesayers roster (and a damn good album available for your purchase).
Though it’s not Hip-Hop in the purest sense of what Hip-Hop is, the use of Hip-Hop brings them into the muddled fringe where so many different genres and sub-genres have pulled influence from Hip-Hop to blend into their own creations, creating new and personal interpretations of where music can go.
Now that I have described them, this is how they describe themselves:
“Antler Antennas started as some studio experiments between drummer Seth Warren-Crow and multi-instrumentalist Sean Behling. The goal was to collaborate on some funky experimental electronic music, but incorporate live instrumentation/performance in order to keep things organic. As material started coming together and other musicians (Wes Tank, Jason Nanna, Dan Reed, Kipp Zavada) were called in for studio sessions to record/improvise various parts, the ‘project’ started to take on a new life – that of a band. For the band, it was a difficult birth, as knowing when to stop tweaking songs in the studio and then figuring out how to do it live without the luxury of unlimited tracks/effects was a considerable challenge. After nearly a year of building/tinkering it took shape in the 6 person band that it is today.
Fronted by Stumblesome’s Wes Tank on the mic, the band’s cacophonous sound is akin to throwing some 808 beats, Sun Ra’s Arkestra, a dash of Joy Division, and Kraftwerk into a blender…What comes out is richly textured, inspired music that never takes the same exact shape twice. Anchored by a belief that music is alive, Antler Antennas music hopes to remind that a good time can take many shapes.”
If you find yourself on the fringe of Hip-Hop or enjoy music that blends Electronica, experimentation, Rock, Hip-Hop, and noise…this is something you may want to check out because you might enjoy their efforts on Sidewalk Tectonics. You can find out more about Antler Antennas on their WEBSITE and here is one of their songs for your listening enjoyment.
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