Album Release, (September 16, 2008)
full-length album by the Antiques, “Awake” is complete.
The album will be released on Safranin
Sound on October 7, 2008.
The Microphone Died
The Time Escapes
I Know the World Ended Tonight
You’re Holding my World
I’m Always Living with your Ghost
was recorded by the Antiques, tracked at Straylight
Studios in College Park, Maryland, and at Igloo Studios in Washington,
DC, except for “Paper Lanterns,” which was recorded by
Hugh McElroy & The Antiques and was tracked almost entirely at
Hugh’s studio. The album was mixed at Igloo and mastered at
are due to those who whose playing and voices made this album complete.
Without their involvement, it would have been a different record altogether:
Procession” is made whole by the beautiful singing of Sara Bettinardi,
Tricia Brown, Arlene Gatchalian, Susan Johnson, and Catherine Lewis,
who are all members of the DC-based a cappella group Kismet:
is an all-female adult a cappella group in the Washington, DC metropolitan
area. We are thirteen professional women from diverse musical backgrounds
who love the original sound created by layering unaccompanied voices
in harmony. Kismet performs pop covers ranging from modern Top 40
to classic rock hits, with a flair for the unusual and unexpected.”
Procession” also features saxophones played by Chris Connelly,
whose band Soft
Complex can be heard in the DC area and beyond, and a cello arrangement
played by Alexia Kauffman.
also played the cello on “Paper Lanterns.” “Paper
Lanterns” is made whole by the singing of Alexia, Hugh McElroy
and numerous other projects), and Jamie Rimmer (of Five Four).
is wrapped up with the work of three incredible visual artists- Stephen
Kasameyer, and Carolina
“Travertine Sunset”, a photograph by Mr. Carroll, is the
cover image of the album. A wealth of this photography can be seen
on his site here.
the pages of the album’s booklet, and you will find the photograph
“Mother’s Father’s Sweet New England” by Liz
Kasameyer. This image, as well as many other works by Ms. Kasameyer,
can be found on her site here.
within the pages of the booklet is a detail of the piece “Anatomy
Study” by our longtime collaborative partner Carolina Mayorga.
Visit her webpage
to see more of her artwork, from the Death and Violence series to
the Newspaper Soup promotional film.
You can now listen to deconstructed versions of “Awake”
songs on our myspace
page and here on our webpage (click above on the "music"
balloon). Hear “Paper Bows, “You’re Crushing my
World,” and "Ghost Close." They are whole fragments.
You can also hear “The Microphone Died” in its album version
Now Taking Awake Pre-Orders
Pre-order your copy of “Awake” from us (click on the "records"
balloon above) or from Safranin
Pre-orders will ship
The “Awake” CD release show will be on Friday, October
10 at the Velvet Lounge,
Fordists- an excellent DC band- and two bands from Milwaukee who
we've been wanting to see for some time-White
Wrench Conservatory and
If I Had A Hi-Fi. Needless to say, we’re quite looking forward
to this show.
Custom-dyed and custom-screened Antiques t-shirts are now available
for purchase for $10:
You can order a shirt or shirts by clicking here:
Be sure to let us know what size you'd like before submitting payment.
Hell With Good Intentions
The latest issue of To Hell With Good Intentions, number 5 in a series
of these exquisite fanzines by Jack Abok, features a story about and
interview with the Antiques. Here’s a sample-
remind me of listening to OK COMPUTER when I was 16, to the weird
guitar and organ sounds, head in the clouds and feeling utterly floored
by the sounds. The Antiques have two guitarists, a drum machine, an
organist, a bass player, and organ with two keys held down by tape
and a drum machine that doesn’t know how cool it is. I first
saw them opening for Sonic Boom, I didn’t get to hear any song
cos the vocals were too reverb-y, they had the dude from Kohoutek
on drums and their drummer sat on a chair cos he was on crutches.
During the last song, Greg, the singer fell on his knees and started
playing with his pedals, Sam, the drummer repeatedly scratched his
guitar Craig the bass player was hitting his bass on his amp and Kevin,
the organist was unplugging his stuff and packing it.
They have a couple of releases of which I bought ‘sewn with
stitches’ a claustrophobic creepy self hating record that I
couldn’t bear listen cos it made me want to curl up in a ball
and cry like a baby (ref: spiritualized, spacemen 3, joy division,
suicide). Most songs read like diary entries and post break-up letters,
and Greg sings in a flat monotone (hey, it worked for New Order) with
the vocals way front of the mix. At first this was a bit unsettling
cos I loved the way his vocals were buried when they played live,
kinds like when bands say they use vocals like an instrument.
So back to the songs, “bedsit bones” is white disco, opener
“tied to nowhere” is a garage stomp that recalls the bunnymen
at their lightest, and “there’s nothing to explain”
is just a perfect song in every sense of that word. All chiming guitars
and twelve string guitars, when they play it live Sam makes his guitar
sound like a millions women wailing or cats being burnt alive. They
do not sound like an American band and thank fuck for that, they remind
me of late eighties UK. Its shoegaze. Pedals, organs, reverb, pedals,
hair in their faces (they audience, not the band) and more pedals.”
is quite long and has lengthy interviews with Sam and Greg as well.
You can pick up a copy of To Hell With Good Intentions at Smash, Crooked
Beat, Red Onion, and other fine independent record shops. Grab a copy
before they’re gone.
news for now. We'll have more soon.
Two Upcoming Shows (July 1, 2008)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
College Park, MD
@ WMUC Third Rail
streaming live from 6-9pm on 88.1 FM and on the web at www.wmucradio.com
University of Maryland 3130 S Campus Dining Hall College Park, MD
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
@ Velvet Lounge
Gossip (Minnesota shoegaze/dreampop), The
Midwestern tour in November, Sewn with Stitches now available
via ITunes (October 17, 2007)
Check the shows page for particular show details...
Stitches has now been released via Itunes.
Click below to purchase:
8/4 birthday blow-up, new stitches reviews (July 31, 2007)
Celebrate antique Gregory's 30th birthday and Adri Mapachita's
with two Safranin bands, the debut performance of Kuschty Rye Ergot,
Omaha's own Foreign Elfest! BYOB/BYOH/BYOW!
Saturday, August 4 @ 9pm
611 Florida Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
all pharmaceuticals will be checked at the door
by screen vinyl image
and have a look at these new reviews of the Antiques' album- which
is available for purchase from www.tonevendor.com
In Stitches' is a bitter claustrophobic collection of melancholic
psych tinged shoegazing for fans of '80s British glum rockers Echo
and the Bunnymen, The Comsat Angels , The Sound and The Chameleons
and early 90s Brit shoegazers, Ride...In the mist of all this bitterness,
rancour and self immolation Greg produces some classic glum rock including
a great moment when he rhymes glistens with aneurysms ('Auburn Aumbry')...'Sewn
with Stitches' is an exhausting, emotional and entrancing album that
gets better with each listen. I don't now what effect baring his heart
and soul on the record had on Greg but I certainly felt purged after
just one listen. File under cathartic.
devil has the best tuna (click for full write-up), july 28, 2007
"...I mostly agree with some of the previous reviews of The Antiques
in that there is a feeling of early 80's British pop/rock threaded
heavily with that time defying lo-fi garage sound we know so well.
The difference found and contained within the the brand new CD "Sewn
In Stitches" is that there are seemingly no limits or guidelines
to which the sound is relegated. The healthy dose of organ accompaniment
lends another dimension to the sound and the reverb levels don't hurt
things at all. If, for no reason whatsoever, we were given three words
to describe this music? Haunting, hollow and lovely would be the front
runners although I might not be doing the slightest bit of justice
to the music you are hopefully listening to right now..."
milk lemonade (click for full write-up), july 28, 2007
With Stitches album of the week on Cielo Líquido radio,
Antiques reviewed by The Last Pop Song (Germany) (July 20,
Sewn With Stitches was the featured album of the week on
Líquido radio program for the week of June 18-24. Fernando
has been playing songs such as "You're an Act That Can't be Followed,"
"Brown Balloons," "Tied to Nowhere," "The
Ides of May," "Chutes and Ladders" and "There's
Nothing to Explain" alongside some very good company in his always-stellar
playlists. Check out the show via the link above.
There is a write-up on the Antiques & Safranin Sound in general
Last Pop Song, a very nice German indie music blog. Here is a
(very) rough translation:
"After the year unfortunately last itself Alcian Blue dissolved
have, remained the volume members not idle and have under the name
"Safranin Sound & design" a small Label in Washington
established. Here publish a row of young volume out of the atmosphere
of Alcian Blue. Next to Screen Vinyl image (former Alcian Blue members),
Ceremony, The Offering, safe ace home also The Aniques. A class portfolio!
Would like to introduce I here deputy for the Label the Antiques that
have now the receptions of 2004 until now on its neune CD "Sewn
witch stitches" together vicinity: Grow psychedelic Dreampop
with atmospheric song that are very melodieorientiert unaufgeregt
daherkommen and with the hearing. On the websites are found a row
songs to the download, at the same time also a 15 minute live reception
of Awake. Recommended.
HP: On the websites of Alcian Blue, there is another row of songs
to the download!"
The aforementioned Alcian Blue songs can be found here.
-CD release event at Taking the P*ss this Friday, June 22
(June 20, 2007)
Deejay Mark Williams, also known as The Kasier of Taking the P*ss,
has generously invited some Antiques to deejay with him to mark the
release of "Sewn With Stitches." Taking the P*ss is DC's
monthly night of music at the Marx Cafe (3203 Mt. Pleasant St., 10pm-3am)
that "seeks out that bittersweet concoction of broken eternal
promises and expressive forlornness, all wilting over pop melodies
that make everyone nod in agreement: it's good to have your heart
will be lots of good music to hear. CDs and stickers will be available.
to see you there.
courtesy of The Kaiser...
"So hi there. Another monthly installment of "The Pisser"
is upon us and this month we've invited local indie pop mephistos
The Antiques to both deejay and celebrate the release of their new
CD "Sewn With Stitches."
now, there was a time in DC when practically every month saw a new
indie pop release of merit. Nowadays the pickings are slimmer, and
so we rejoice with extra fervor when the goods get delivered. This
The Antiques have just managed. Check out "Chutes and Ladders,"
which is the opening to our "Streaming P*ss" offering at
www.dcsoundclash.com. For the committed and interested, the rest of
the tracklisting is at the bottom of this email.
Marx Cafe, 3203 Mt. Pleasant St, NW
WHEN: Friday, June 22, 2007, from 10 pm to 3 am
- Chutes and Ladders
David Kilgour - BBC World
Steve Treatment - Tempest Fashion Baby
The Fall - Fit and Working Again
The Candidates - Sound of Summer
The King of Luxembourg - Lee Remick
Electrelane - Cut and Run
The Famous Boyfriend - It Sounds As If You Are Falling Apart
The Deddingtons - The Last Day
Barbara Manning & S.F. Seals - Don't Underestimate Me
The Faintest Ideas - Capitol Between Brackets
Cardinal - Singing to the Sunshine
The Homosexuals - Divorce Proceeing (From Reality)"
-One Track Mind on Chutes and Ladders, album-release events continuing
next weekend (June 14, 2007)
In this week’s Washington City Paper, Joe Warminsky examines
“Chutes and Ladders” in the One
Track Mind column. If you live in the DC area, pick up a copy
and have a look, or simply follow the link above to read the article
Next weekend is taking shape to continue in album-release-related
events, beginning on Friday with a Stitches-related Taking the Piss,
DC’s monthly night of music at the Marx Cafe (3203 Mt. Pleasant
St., 10pm-3am) that “seeks out that bittersweet concoction of
broken eternal promises and expressive forlornness, all wilting over
pop melodies that make everyone nod in agreement: it's good to have
your heart broken sometimes.” The Kaiser has graciously invited
us to share the night with them by playing records, and copies of
the album will be available. We’ll have more details in the
coming days for “Stitching the Piss.”
On the following night- Saturday, June 23- we’ll be playing
Nine with The
Motion Sick, The
Roosevelt and Deleted
if you read Portuguese, the Urge
blog has some musings about “Painted Post Road.”
Will Eastman includes "Tied to Nowhere" in Biss Pop's monthly
parade for May 2007.
Stitches is available from Tonevendor
Sound. If you live in the UK, you can save some postage by ordering
With Stitches reviewed by And Before the First Kiss, Glasgow
"A complete album that you should own and hear from start to
finish with no deviations whatsoever. It features fourteen wonderful
(melancholic) songs that capture (and pierce) your sad old jaded heart.
This is not sweetness and light but stories of loves-u-have-lost,
with melting guitars and a bass in your head. It has been far too
long. However, the desperateness of the lyrics and deep-drawl vocal
delivery is counter-punched with a kind of spikey, cynical guitar-led
"pop" that reminds me of The Go-Betweens at their absolute
peak, possibly mixed in with a little early to mid-period Felt. I
recommend this album highly and ask you to open all ears and take
a listen (from the first few seconds of fast and furious spunkytastic
album-opener, Tied To Nowhere, I think you will be hooked in and cooked
Before the First Kiss (Glasgow) album review, May 31, 2007
With Stitches now orderable (May
With the 22 May release date less than twenty-four hours
away, “Sewn With Stitches” is now orderable online- copies
of the full-length CD are available from Tonevendor,
Sound and from here on our website (click on the 'records' balloon
-Sewn With Stitches CD Release Show This Saturday @ Iota (May
This Saturday May 12 marks the release show for our album,
“Sewn With Stitches,” on Safranin
be playing at Iota
it’s the CD release show for them as well- and Julie
Ocean (an excellent band which includes past members of Velocity
Girl, Swiz, High Back Chairs, Severin, Saturday People, and Glo-Worm).
Sat., May, 12 2007 @ Iota:
The Antiques, Lejeune & Julie Ocean
2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201
Cost : $10
"For fans of semi-obscure '80s British acts such as Comsat Angels
and the Chameleons UK ... well, here is your new favorite band. The
songs are dramatic without being overwrought, as the band doesn't
get bogged down with unnecessary instrumentation. A thick organ sound
envelops tracks such as "Painted Post Road" and "Don't
Stand in My Room," which plod along gingerly while Greg Svitil
gives a perfect deadpan delivery of lines like, "Don't light
up my life / Yours is the light I don't need / When did you become
such a creep? / When did you become so psychotic?" Things are
more sprightly on "One Day You'll Be Sorry Too" and "Auburn
Aumbry," recalling some different obscure '80s U.K. acts -- let's
say Felt and Orange Juice this time. People who are serious about
their 7" record collection will seriously love this album.”
Post Going Out Gurus album review, May 10, 2007
"The meticulously crafted songs are full of drama, sometimes
heavy on thick organ, other times with reverb-laden guitar."
-Washington Post.com, May 10, 2007
"Sewn With Stitches is an unqualified success in every
sense. Each track was clearly meticulously crafted and executed brilliantly,
and the end result fills the listener's ears with some of the most
beautiful and heartfelt sounds they're likely to hear this or any
-Rick Taylor, We Fought the Big One
news (April 23, 2007)
Laura González now has her short film "Despierta"
showing on her
youtube site. “Despierta” tells the story of Ana-
and who exactly is she trying to help? This film includes “Awake”
by The Antiques. You can see the short either by going to her site
above or by going directly here.
sewn with stitches (April 9, 2007)
recorded and mixed our album, “Sewn with Stitches,” which
will be released on Safranin
Sound. It’s an honor for us to be involved with Safranin,
and to be in the company of some of our favorite bands and people-
Vinyl Image, Vacuole
Home, and the late, great Alcian
Tied to Nowhere
Painted Post Road
Don’t Stand in my Room
You’re Everything I Don’t Need
There’s Nothing to Explain
One Day You’ll be Sorry Too
You’re an Act That Can’t be Followed
Chutes and Ladders
The Ides of May
Stitches” is to be released on May 22 (Marisol Escobar's birthday).
It was recorded by the Antiques, Nikhil Ranade, Bryan Hoffa, Jake
Reid and Hugh McElroy, and mastered by Sam Chintha at Straylight Studios.
The album artwork is by Carolina
thanks is due to Jake Reid, Kim Reid, Sam Chintha, John Rickman, Theresa
Kim, Davis White, Carolina Mayorga, Kevin Buckholdt, Kathleen Wilson,
Hugh McElroy, Scott Verrastro, Rick Taylor, Mike Harbin, Terence Hannum,
Andrew Ratliff and Vera Kochanowsky.
Songs from the record can now be heard here on our webpage (click
on 'music' above) and on our
myspace page. “Painted Post Road,” “Don’t
Stand in my Room,” “Brown Balloons” and “Bedsit
Bones” are a sampling of sorts for the time being. “Closed
Curtains” can also be heard on our webpage.
guitar on “Brown Balloons” was expertly provided by Sam
Chintha, and the song itself was recorded by Jake Reid. “Don’t
Stand in my Room” was tracked by Nikhil Ranade and mixed by
Hugh McElroy. The others were recorded in our home.
The additional vocal lead for “Closed Curtains” was sung
by Kathleen Wilson, who was the singer in our previous band and who
is now in Thee
The harpsichords used for this song belong to a very nice woman named
Vera Kochanowsky. A little about these instruments- 1) double manual
harpsichord built in 1991 by John Phillips of Berkeley, California
after an original by Andreas Ruckers (Antwerp, 1646) that was later
enlarged by Blanchet and Tuskin (1756 and 1780); 2) single manual
harpsichord built in 2002 by John Phillips of Berkeley, California
after an original by Giovanni Battista Giusti (1681).
Fought The Big One’s Rick Taylor has been working on a documentary
movie with the working title "Tied to Nowhere: The Music of The
Antiques.” Rick says that “the film is an attempt to not
only capture the creative process involved in bringing Antiques' songs
to life, but also the various highs and lows that come from being
in a DC band, particularly one that has little in common with other
independent bands in the local area. It will feature interviews with
former as well as current band members, other musicians who know the
Antiques (such as Alcian Blue), critics and other talking heads. But
the doc will be more than just music focused---I hope viewers get
a sense of who the individual band members are as people, not just
An instrumental version of “Closed Curtains” will be featured
in the video installation in progress “Making Up Time”
by Tori Wunsch. “Making Up Time” captures make-up’s
beautiful, sensual, and transformative qualities while the temporal
length of the piece highlights the banal, repetitive, time-consuming
process. Conceptually the piece is both a celebration and a critique
of the ritual of putting on make-up. The film centers around the exact
time it takes one woman to put on her eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick,
etc. The piece captures a week’s worth of time spent on make-up
and will loop fifty-two times to represent a year. Film editing work
is in progress as is the venue site…
blue & antiques live clip
Courtesy of DJ Jaguar of the Trans-Atlantic
video clip is of Alcian Blue and Antiques covering Slowdive’s
“Primal” at Walls of Soundfest 2 in Fredericksburg, VA
in September of 2006.
With more than one of us literally on crutches and/or in stitches
right now, we play on. Two upcoming shows will be at Iota
on Saturday, May 12 (with Lejeune-
CD release show for them- and another TBA) and DC
Nine on Saturday, June 23 (with The
Motion Sick, Deleted
Scenes and The
ye olde 45rpm single
(February 9, 2007)
In commemoration of the anniversary of the antiques &
unlucky atlas split seven-inch, copies of the record can now be ordered
online, either through our website (link below, or click on 'records')
or on our
myspace page for $4 ppd. If you'd like to order one through the
mail, you can write a check for $4 payable to 'the antiques' and send
it to 611 florida ave, NW, washington, dc 20001. This record was made
when the temperature was a lot like how it is right now, only there
was a lot more snow on the ground then.
The Antiques & Unlucky Atlas 7" single
by Unlucky Atlas
Side B- "There's Nothing to Explain"
by The Antiques
return to the recording room (November 27, 2006)
With the last of our live shows for 2006 now behind us, we’ve
re-entered the recording domain, this time in the privacy of our own
rehearsal room. The songs that we’re now committing to magnetic
tape will find their home on our forthcoming full-length album.
We wish to thank Davis White, Sam Chintha, John Wood, Jake Reid, Kim
Reid and Kevin Buckholdt for generously sharing their microphones, microphone
stands, odds-and-ends and expertise (not to mention their own excellent
Craig continues to play with local improvisation heroes Kohoutek,
John has created a new space for the psychedelic ambience of his EBSK
duo, and Greg has just played a planetarium concert as Teething
Galaxy Hut show this Saturday, August 12 (August
Please join The Antiques and The
Smittens this Saturday
night, August 12, at the Galaxy
Hut in Arlington, VA.
cat july 11 (july
We' re playing at the Black Cat next week on
tuesday, July 11-
July, 11 2006
1811 14th St. NW.
and Carol Bui (see shows page for band details)
we three antiques (april
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at our last show in
March at DC9. There are more shows coming up in a little while. But
first, we’re sad to say that Theresa Kim, The Antiques' organist,
has left the band. We wish her all the best in the future.
We're going into Nikhil Ranade's Upstairs studio in Arlington,
VA to record some songs. Ranade (whose credits include Trans Am, Eyes
of the Killer Robot, and The Alice Despard Group) is a whiz in the
There are two shows planned for next month:
Friday, May 12
@ The Bourbon Room
w/Alcian Blue, The Offering & Ceremony
Monday, May 22
@ D.C. Nine
w/Headlights (Polyvinyl Records),
(march 22, 2006)
We will be returning from the rehearsal aumbry with our first show
of this year on Sunday, March 26 at D.C. Nine. We'll be sharing the
stage with three great bands- punk-chamberists Barbez, midwestern
ghosttowners Dreamend, and D.C.'s own exceptional experimental trio
The Caution Curves.
We'll be spending part of the springtime recording.
We're tucked away in our rehearsal room spending time with several
new songs. Thanks to all who have supported us in the last six months
since our first show. We look forward to seeing you again this year.
finsihed mixing four songs with Bryan Hoffa (whose credits include
Camper van Beethoven, Cracker and Labradford) at Richmond’s
Sound of Music studios. Two
of these- “One day you’ll be sorry too” and “Bedsit
bones”- can now be heard here on this website.
"One day you'll be sorry too" is a featured track for D.C.'s
Pop Hit Parade for September 2005.
We’re also posted a new song,
“You’re an act that can’t be followed.”
be playing with Trembling Blue Stars and the Sprites on Wednesday,
September 28 at D.C. Nine.
Mark your calendars- this promises to be
a wonderful night of music.
taken the Washington City Paper’s Pop Quiz for this week. It
can be seen here.
“Tied to nowhere” was recently featured on Argentina’s Retroforward
web radio program, a show that focuses on new wave-influenced
music from all around the globe.
been in Richmond putting the finishing touches on some songs.
More details to come.
"Awake" will be
included in the feature-length film "Despierta" by Laura González.
"Despierta" tells the story of Ana, a girl who has twenty five minutes
to get from the village on the mountain where she lives, down to a
church in the city where she must stop her best friend before she
commits suicide. More details to come.
We have a new group of people.
The members come from groups such as EBSK,
Eggs and Kohoutek.
We're now rehearsing for some shows.
Craig Garrett: bass guitar
Theresa Kim: organ
John Rickman: drums
Greg Svitil: guitar and singing