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Antlered Aunt Lord at Impose

From Athens, Georgia meet Jesse Stinnard, the driving force behind the creative electric outfit Antlered Aunt Lord who presents the world premiere of the Jordan St Martin-Reyes strange forest ritual video for “Hi Beam Hi Priest”. The alt-Appalachian sound from the mysterious Stinnard (who has also played in Tunabunny) will see a proper release fromHappy Happy Birthdy To Me on November 20 with his Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire) LP finally materializing in the world. This here is outsider pop at it’s very best, as Jesse has been drafting songs by the hundreds over the past decade, some of which are presented here on the artist’s forthcoming long-player.

Take the DIY masterpiece of “Hi Beam Hi Priest” that is exists as a bit of pop genius that 4AD and it’s fellow quiet-loud-quiet devotees never delivered. The Jordan St Martin-Reyes video for Antlered Aunt Lord’s “Hi Beam Hi Priest” presents a pagan induction/baptismal/initiation process of the surreal and the downright silly. Jesse himself is brought out to woods with his mouth covered by electrical tape, stripped, doused in pink painted colors, decorated in an earthy coronation of twigs, home crafted wings, and a a stick to resemble a Baphomet of the absurd. Like a tarred and feathered deity idol ripped from the Knights Templar codes of mythology; Jesse is crowned a high priest among his Antlered Aunt Lord court witnessed by the branches, trunks, and leaves of surrounding trees. “Hi Beam Hi Priest” is a single to keep on constant repeat that promises infinite benediction and DIY pop wisdom accompanied by a ceremonial video that brings Stinnard’s independent ethics and aesthetics full circle. After the following debut viewing of “Hi Beam Hi Priest”, read our interview with Antlered Aunt Lord’s elusive Jesse Stinnard himself.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Austin Town Hall

I’ve spent the last month listening to Antlered Aunt Lord and his new record Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire). While I already love many of the songs, it was the album that really burrowed into my soul. On one hand it has the oddity and the brevity of early Elf Power, but on the other hand I want to compare it to Nothing Wrong with Love (my favorite Built to Spill) record. It’s a listen that can’t be defined, that can’t be pigeonholed, only enjoyed. I have a feeling that as much as I’ve played it already, it’s going to continue to be in constant rotation throughout the duration of my life. Yeah, I said it. You can grab the record this week from HHBTM Records.


Antlered Aunt Lord at Backseat Mafia

Antlered Aunt Lord is the project of Jesse Stannard, a singer songwriter who’s spent the last ten years in Athens, Georgia, making music on his own terms and his own agenda. Following whatever path he feels like (his ramshackle shows are legendary in Athens) HHBTM are putting out his first official release, Abandoned Car.

In keeping with what we know about Stannard, it beautifully scuffed, DIY song, full of this scuzzy guitar and mysterious, almost hidden vocals. Somehow though, it’s a thing that’s impossible to ignore, has a melody that gnaws away at you, and doesn’t even make it to the two minute mark.

We’re delighted to premiere the video for the rack right here on Backseat Mafia. check it out below.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Stereo Embers

Remember this Tunabunny review from 2014? If not, take a quick scan then come back (we’ll wait for you). Intrigued? Well, yes, so were we when offered this latest single from that band’s enigmatic, prolific, uncontainable mad genius of a drummer Antlered Aunt Lord (his mother named him ‘Jesse’) – and cohorts – from his/their upcoming album Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), released Nov. 20th on Athens GA imprint Happy Happy Birthday To Me. Frankly, we found that Tunabunny record to be more refreshingly adventurous and confident than almost anything released last year, a real left-field stunner that refused to leave us alone and haunted us playfully deep into the night. The same might be said here, as the shouty-yet-tightly-coiled track builds, stops, starts again like nothin’ happened and just generally leaves us giddily eager for the full-length. Driving crazed prog-pop extraordinaire, there’s something of a Devo feel to it if they’d tried to sound like James Brown doing an impression of Polyrock. Check it out. It’s nothing – and we mean nothing – like you’ve heard this year or pretty much any other. On par with his parent band, there would seem to be nothing less than a bottomless well of inventive go-for-it skewed rock’n’pop’n’roll happening down ’round Athens way. In a very real sense, we’re jealous.


Antlered Aunt Lord at Collapse Board

Antlered Auntlord.
Antlord Aunt Lard,
Aunt Lured Antlered.
With every encounter, you faced a different creature.

The first time I met some Antlords in Athens, they were a trio, and they set up right in front of us, no need for a stage – Brent with the heavy metal drum face, Ted the really tall bass guy, and that curly-haired whirlwind Jesse in the center that would teeter a foot from my face. They would rush from fast to slow, and Jesse’s words spilled off beat, and everyone was jumping and I felt like I was riding my first roller coaster.

Another time, still the trio, but now a row of TVs line the edge of the stage, and they’re playing this dorky guitar tutorial video from the 80s. The long-haired dude on the screens strikes a chord and it rings through the Antlords’ set at just the right key.

Then the Aunt Lords would multiply – and one night, you’d have seven people sitting on the floor strumming guitars. And sometimes they’d shrink, to the point where just Jesse would sing to us on his guitar (notably less hair by now). He listed twenty of his songs on paper, and gave each a number; when he finished one song, he’d roll a 20-sided die to determine which would come next.

There is no stone-set lineup of Aunt Lords. Heck, I’ve been an Antlord on three occasions, and I’ve never even practiced with the gang. Jesse would just come up to me two hours before the show with a bag of percussive props – maracas, a tambourine, a clapping thingy – and so there I’d be, staring at the ceiling and shaking that thang like my dissertation depended on it.

The best gig, though, was the one where Jesse lugged in a 4-track, rigged a triangular reel across the stage, and roped in everyone he could muster for an improvised loop jam freak-out. Three guitars, I think? One sublime Tunabunny plucking synth keys; another Tunabunny held a guitar by an amplifier just for the feedback. There was one drum on the stage (snare or floor tom? My memory fails me), and one drum stick, so I seized both and took to my corner of the stage. Jesse (also a Tunabunny, by the by) didn’t play at all; he bounced around with a microphone, hovered near one of us long enough to snag a loop, then backed away and basked in the racket.

All of this, I probably would’ve told you regardless of which song I chose. But “Monopilot” reminds me of the last Antlord formation I’ve seen, half male half female and four strong, a laughing bunch of friends that welcomed me in their fold. And it reminds me how much I miss that feeling, of being adopted and accepted. It rings with joy, the glorious joy of singing and playing together that I haven’t felt since, well, the last time I became an Antlord. Made me almost cry over the steering wheel when it came round on the album! But I’m OK. And one can’t cry for too long in the presence of Aunt Lords.

Antlered Aunt Lord’s upcoming debut, Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), won’t manifest into being until November 20th, but you can still pre-order it from HHBTM here.


Antlered Aunt Lord at Mad Mackerel

Antlered Aunt Lord is entirely Jesse Stinnard, a guy who’s spent the past ten years in Athens, Georgia as a cherished eccentric in a town known for its cherished eccentricities. His first official release is Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), and is out on the 30th November and features members of Tunabunny.

Melodic, lyrically inventive, reticent, and moving – think the missing link between the Pixies and The Byrds if they’d been raised in the Appalachians.

Listen to The Beezwax below.


Antlered Aunt Lord at Magnet

Antlered Aunt Lord hails from Athens, Ga., and is preparing for the release of new LP Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (And On Fire) on November 20. Today, MAGNET’s got a free download of dynamic track “Hi Beam Hi Priest (Blinker Fluid),” a song that starts out as a muted electronic head bobber and explodes into full-on fuzz rock. Download it below.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Austin Town Hall

At a certain point in your life you begin to realize you like to beat your own drum, follow your own path. This is precisely what it feels like when listening to Antlered Aunt Lord, the project of Jesse Stinnard. I don’t mean that it’s completely oddball, but rather that Stinnard just wants to do his own thing. Sure, there’s catchy tunes, even hooks in this song, but in spending time withOstensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), it’s become clear to me that you can forgo the modern cliches (musically speaking) and still make a place for yourself and still make music interesting. Kind of reminds me of the first time I listened to Television Personalities; I was like, “this doesn’t feel right…wait…this feels great, I can’t stop playing it.” If you get the same vibe, look for the new LP via HHBTM on November 20th.


Antlered Aunt Lord at Flagpole

Antlered Aunt Lord, the slow-simmering local garage-pop project led by songwriter Jesse Stinnard (also of Tunabunny fame), is all set to release its Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire) LP Nov. 20 via HHBTM. Today, we’re tickled pink to provide y’all with a first taste of the LP via the video for “The Beezwax,” the record’s fuzz-forward, steadfastly hummable lead single.

Says Stinnard:

Lucy Calhoun (guitarist/singer in AAL) made [the video] after sitting down and learning iMovie one day. It stars Brigette, Destiny, Noam and Ravi. The more I watch it, the more it seems to be about a micro-universe in a cup and our effect on it.

Watch “The Beezwax” below:

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