Denver rock band Bear Antler are set to release its next EP on Friday. Steal title track “Never Gonna Make It Out Alive” now.
When the members of Bear Antler had music yet no name for the band, they were fully aware of the indie rock cliche of animals in band names. Frightened Rabbit, Modest Mouse, Colorado’s Fierce Bad Rabbit, Fleet Foxes, Cat Power — the list goes on and on seemingly forever. For Bear Antler, however, they chose the reference to a modified jackelope to poke fun at this trend, and this sets the stage for a band that’s just slightly outside the “indie rock” moniker and that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Much of Bear Antler’s catalogue consists of songs about women: love lost, love strained, and love ending in murder. And then there’s drinking themes; the band did meet in a bar. These sound like songs written for a country band, but Bear Antler is neither country nor alt country. They are a rock band with Americana influences.
On Bear Antlers latest EP, “Never Gonna Make It Back,” which they will debut with a show at Lost Lake Lounge on Friday, March 28, the band takes a rare serious tone with the title track. Also like a country band, this is a song honoring the brave soldiers who are shipped to foreign lands to fight for our country. But unlike most country songs about soldiers, this is not an overtly patriotic track that paints a rosy picture of heroism. This is a song about PTSD and how those that do make it back from war never really come back whole. Part of them is always left behind on the battlefield.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.