Post-punk/Indie-rock outfit The Antics have polished their fuzz-guitar laden, hook filled sound in the classic New Jersey style by cutting their teeth in basements and garages of a building audience. The Princeton area natives now put their best foot forward in the form of 11-track LP Running Faster which sees Luke Meisenbacher (vocals/guitar), Derek Rosengarth (guitar), Kyle Hammerschmidt (bass) and Josh Reitan (drums) follow along in the neo-nostalgia tradition established by Joy Division and The Smiths with a hint of surf-rock thrown in for good measure.
“Touch The Sky” opens the record with an immediate reach into propulsive, chord-chopping waters with Mesienbacher’s cool vocal evocative of Alex Turner’s on another album starter, Arctic Monkeys’ “Brainstorm”. The minimalist production sheen grants Running Faster an effortless personality as The Antics pick up and execute in areas that bands like The Strokes seem desperate to still be able to genuinely pull off.
“I think I’m a very honest songwriter,” said Mesienbacher, “I don’t write music that sounds exactly like something else or things that don’t matter to me.”
It’s that mindset that allows The Antics to circle topics like love, loneliness, and 21st century paranoia in ways that don’t become prey to the pratfalls of predictability or staidness while running the rock gamut on streetlight ballad “In The Night” or the up-tempo shuffle sampled on “Dancing”.
The Antics will look to bring their latest effort to some of their favorite local haunts as they embark on a tour starting this Saturday. Stream Running Faster and check out the full dates below.
The Antics Tour:
March 30th: The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
April 6th: 10th St Live – Kenilworth, NJ
April 18th: Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY