The Antecedents are a literary five-piece outfit from Portland. Though influenced by Led Zeppelin and Queen, the sound is more reminiscent of Wilco or The Soundtrack of Our Lives: well conceived guitar-pop with tinges of classical violin, piano, and traditional Americana folk.
Above all, singer/guitarist Joe Landry's potent, witty lyrics are showcased. Landry asks the famed Russian canine astronaut Laika, "Can you make out / Guy sitting here / Swearing talking 'bout / The price of gasoline?" Whether intended for humor or biting social commentary, Landry's observations are cleverly frank and intentionally brash.
The Antecedents are also very involved throughout the Portland community. A portion of the proceeds from their 2007 independent release, Letters from Rome, will be donated to the Wallace Medical Center, which provides healthcare for Oregon's uninsured. The band is also active with Amnesty International's Rock4Rights – Northwest, a new non-profit organization promoting and raising funds for human rights and international justice.