The Subdued Ferocity of The Antics
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

Sometimes the best music is a slow burn. Songs have forgotten how to build to something. I know I've hit on this before, but it's a genuine aggravation. Great music is like great storytelling. It should have peaks and valleys...moments of quiet and moments of movement. It's the difference between a pop song that fires on all cylinders from beginning to end with little meaningful variation to the rhythm and scale of the track and something like "Stairway to Heaven" which contains multiple mini-movements in the larger song framework. "Forget" by the Antics understands the right sort of build.

We're premiering the track today, off the New Jersey band's latest record, Emily Jones, and the sparse, rain-spattered opening brings to mind The Doors' "Riders on the Storm," but as a feral and rumbling post-punk energy slowly enter the fray, "Forget" works its way up to an understated frenzy. And that's perhaps the most interesting element of the track. Though it builds, it never explodes and that tension becomes consuming and enveloping. For the post-rock/post-punk crowd, the Antics are worth a spin.

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