MP3 Antlerand - Branches
Antlerand is a rock band at heart with a pop sentiment and symphonic sensibility.
11 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: with Live-band Production
Antlerand began in late 2002 as a long-distance collaboration between Chris Larson (Portland) and Zach Okun (Phoenix). Zach had been in school perfecting the finer points of audio recording while Chris had been experimenting with integrating projected visuals in live performance. After losing his job, Chris took the opportunity (and his first unemployment check) and flew to Phoenix to record with Zach what would become The Invisible EP. Knowing that long-distance relationships rarely work-out, Chris popped the question; Zach said yes, packed up his stuff and moved to Portland. Shortly thereafter, Chris wooed drummer Delaney Kelly, and Antlerand was born.
The resulting music was hard to pin down, and reviewers began rattling off "sounds likes" quicker than an auctioneer. The varied comparisons, while flattering, do little to define the band''s sound (If Antlerand were a planet, it would have a rocky core, a poppy crust and a symphonic atmosphere). Sound great, right? But that''s only half of the story. Chris, who is also an accomplished designer/filmmaker, creates meticulously synched video art to accompany the live performance. The projected imagery compliments both the lyrics and mood, creating a dynamic sensory experience.
2005 was a busy year for the band: cutting a deal with Seattle''s Sound Family Records, writing/recording material for their second album, a four-week national tour. In that time Antlerand has shared the stage with such notable acts as Quasi, The American Analog Set, Rocky Votolato, Earlimart, The Helio Sequence, The Heavenly States, Midnight Movies and The Standard, in addition to performing for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art''s Time-Based Arts Festival. Now wiser and more experienced, Antlerand is set for 2006 with the release of their first full-length album, Branches.