The Vault: The Appropriately Chilly Sounds Of Antarctica

Nov 13th, 2006 // 9 Comments

Sure, everyone loves their electro-dance jams nowadays, but what about in the late ’90s, when
‘NSYNC had its own wall at Sam Goody, and Puddle Of Mudd were starting to warm America’s hearts? That’s when New York’s Antarctica released their amazing 81:03, predicting the New Order new order a few years too early. They disbanded a while ago, but their icy legacy lives on, thanks to songs like the eight-minute-long epic “Tower Of Silence.”

Antarctica – Tower Of Silence [MP3, link expired]

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  1. Ned Raggett

    Yeah, always liked these folks and regretted never seeing them live. You’ve inspired me, I think I’ll pull out the album tonight!

  2. quincyhoist

    Re: Antarctica live… I saw ‘em my freshman year of college and can vouch for their freezerbox grandiosity. What was odd was hearing such synthtastic tones at an overwhelmingly late-90s-emo-centric show… it was the frickin’ Gloria Record they opened for. Who’d they think they were, the Faint?

    Ahead of the sinewave curve, indeed.

  3. quincyhoist

    re: Antarctica live… I saw them my freshman year of college and I can vouch for their freezerbox grandiosity. The odd thing was witnessing such sythtastic tones during a ’99-era-emo-centric show. Them opening for the Gloria Record was kind of like an alternate universe Saddle Creek showcase in which I actually liked the Faint.

    Ahead of the perfect sine curve, indeed.

  4. nosebleed

    i’ve seen them a half dozen times.

    pretty much amazing.

    eric (vocals/guitar) is now doing the101 / which is pretty much a return to his christie front drive roots.

    +

    chris & glen formed ova looven / which is ‘like’ antartica – but seems overtly sterile and lacks that ‘pygmalion’ nature of “81:03″ or even “21:03″ their EP.

    kind of hoping they’d get back together, at least for a record.

    let the blogging commence.

  5. j clicky clicky

    That pairing with Gloria Record isn’t as weird as it sounds. The main Antarctica dude came from Mineral contemporaries Christie Front Drive, didn’t he?

  6. qyntellspitbull

    Great pick, this was an amazing band, and seeing them live was a treat as well.

  7. nosebleed

    j clicky clicky says:
    That pairing with Gloria Record isn’t as weird as it sounds. The main Antarctica dude came from Mineral contemporaries Christie Front Drive, didn’t he?

    yes. as i mentioned before – the 101 is his new band and it’s more like the CFD of yore. but with more of a Jawbreaker attack.
    here’s a FREE EP of theirs:

    http://www.the101.net/gsstore.htm

  8. h. ross piroshky

    Thanks for reminding me of this!

  9. Hot Johnny

    The guitar sounds like if the Goblins were a bunch of italian shoegazers.

    “Suspiria” would have been much, much different were that the case.

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