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Antelope
Crowns / The Flock
Dischord Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Since last summer I have been beating myself silly for not catching Q and not U and Black Eyes when they stopped in Milwaukee and Chicago. And now, listening to former QU/BE tour mates Antelope's newly released EP of "Crowns" and "The Flock", I have reinstated the self-inflicted bashing session in all its painful glory. But from this experience I have learned to get off my ass now and from this day forward, embracing all that is the new wave of Dischord post-punk.

Made up of former Vertebrates members Mike Andre and Bee Elvy, and Justin Moyer of El Guapo, Antelope play sometimes dissonant and sometimes melodic post-punk. The first song of the new EP, "Crowns", uses repetitive drumbeats and guitars, and is reminiscent of Red Medicine-era Fugazi. Repetition sets the steadfast rhythmic background for the vocals, which provide the major variation in the song and create a tense dynamic between movement and stasis. "The Flock" adds a bit of harmony to its melody/repetition combination and sounds more familiar than the first song when placed within the post-punk genre.

The vocals on the first track are unprecedented when compared to the second song, which is reminiscent of a toned down At The Drive In. Nevertheless, Antelope use a combination of short and direct words in their lyrics (more so on "The Flock") that have similar sounding vowel and consonant sounds. The lyrical consonance/assonance interplay ("the sheep say my oh my/ the cows want winter") fits together with the musical repetition, but still allows for a less-in-control vocal style.

Having some promise to become as jolting as their contemporaries, Antelope deliver two songs that are memorable and sound noticeably different from each other - a couple of important points that a lot of bands misconstrue or miss all together. Hopefully, by avoiding the Dischord crash and burn that has recently and sadly consumed Black Eyes, the guys in Antelope will stick around long enough for me to catch them on tour, steering clear of any more regrettable self-thrashing.

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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