Initially, The Antlers was a solo project created by vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman immediately after he had moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he had isolated himself from family and friends.
After Silberman wrote his first album, In the Attic of the Universe, he recruited Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci, becoming the collaborative group The Antlers.
The band recorded two EPs; Cold War and New York Hospitals. Silberman's collection of songs (which was mentioned as an "elegy for his planned disappearance") would later become a full-length album titled Hospice and would feature an epic storyline, telling the story of a man losing a loved one to cancer and having to witness her death first-hand.
The album was independently released by the band in March of 2009, selling an apparently overwhelming number of copies, later selling all of their stock and had to produce more. The album received critical praise for both its narrative and musicianship and has since been listed on several "Album of the Year" lists. The Antlers later signed with New York-based French Kiss Records. The label released a remastered "Hospice" which is on release November 13th 2009.