Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 for the group’s latest in a legacy that stretches back to the ‘80s.
By Fred Mills
The release of a new Antietam record is always reason to hoist a pint, so get ready to pour a few on September 8 when the NYC-by-way-of-Louisville trio’s 10th album, Intimations of Immortality, arrives via the band’s Motorific Sounds label. In addition to a digital version there’s to be a limited edition CD box set: reproductions of 12 paintings done by bandmember Tara Key. Antietam’s first single is the explosive “Right Between Your Eyes,” which you can check out below.
Guitarist/vocalist Key, along with bassist Tim Harris (aka Key’s better half) and drummer Josh Madell, advise that Intimations of Immortality “is a record about pursuing that creativity with passion and honesty in the face of life’s obstacles… [The] songs push the theory of the unbending power of friendship and perseverance, delivering a set of emotional and life-affirming rock and roll.”
Key describes the single: “It’s about those times when life becomes too damn predictable, and then, lo and behold, you are hanging on for dear life. It’s a song about keeping your head and owning “surprise,” all offered in the manner of the missing 13th song from Bowie’s Pinups.”
Present on the album are plenty of NYC familiar faces: Yo La Tengo’s James McNew (mixing) and Ira Kaplan (piano), along with Sue Garner (The Shams, Run On) on vocals, Katie Gentile (Special Pillow, Mad Scene) on violin; The Scene Is Now’s Cheryl Kingan (saxes) and Steven Levi (cornet).