Princeton area band The Antics are one of my favorite post-punk bands. The sparse, minimalistic approach with echoes of Joy Division and The Fall are right up my alley. Singer/Guitaist Luke Meisenbacher continues to refine the sound of The Antics and new EP Emily Jones shows that all the hard work is paying off. It is a killer record.
You need just a few bars of opener and title track “Emily Jones” to know this is The Antics. It is their trademark groove. Tight, spare yet energectic guitar that meshes nicely with Meisenbacher’s smooth voice. A perfect lead off track. “Effects” is a slower, moodier tune shows off some of the darker territory the band was exploring on previous EP Send It Out. “When I’m Alone” is one of my favorite new songs. I called it a perfect indie single when I first heard it and I stand by that. “Forget” closes out the album with a Doors influenced track that moves along like a crawling king snake and ends in an twangy, ecstatic celebration of guitar.
The record release party for EP will be at Mexicali Live on Thursday the 11th. This performance will mark the debut of Asbury Park artist Colton Kayser on lead guitar. The band is great live so go check them out and pick up a copy of the excellent Emily Jones EP.
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