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Antillectual We're a punkrock trio from Nijmegen, the Netherlands: Willem, Riekus and Toon. We've toured and released albums worldwide since 2005. We like our punkrock political and melodic, combining the best of ’90’s skatepunk, ’00’s emo and ’10’s orgcore.

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24 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Every Crisis Is A Moral Crisis; the Corona edition

With events like these it takes some time to fully realize what’s going on. It will take even longer before all the dust has settled and it becomes clear what kind of impact Corona has on this generation. Most of us grew up in a world that was defined as a “postmodern society” or a “post 911-world”. Maybe this will shift into the “post-Corona generation”. A generation that never experienced a war, just economic crises, nothing that hit us directly or physically. Until now: we’ll be Corona survivors. Hopefully.

Meanwhile it’s important to unify this earth’s nation. Show solidarity with the ones suffering most from this pandemic. It is sickening to polarize our world under these circumstances and not support or even obstruct the current measures being taken for political gains. This is a non-political disaster happening to everyone, no exceptions made. Corona doesn’t discriminate. You’d think.

Because on the other hand, why treat this crisis differently than other crises? Simply because it’s also hitting us, the rich western people, and not only a minority somewhere at the other side of the world? Saying “This catastrophe is an unprecedented unique case” is a sign of privilege, of not feeling the impact of other disasters happening around the world.

Every crisis is a moral crisis. Even this one. Sometimes it’s hard to see what ethics have to do with for instance an earthquake or an epidemic like this. At first sight it might not be too evident, and moral appeals might not change the direct course of events during such catastrophes. First things first, get done what needs to get done. But when we look at how, for instance, epidemics come to existence (epidemic zoonoses are the result of how we see and treat animals) and what policies come into effect to “normalize” the situation, moral dilemmas become apparent and those in power have the option to take left or right turns. Naomi Klein wrote a terrific book about how catastrophes are being used to shift political paradigms seemingly unnoticed: The Shock Doctrine. A recommended read in times like these. This crisis could also be a great opportunity to do a factory reset; double check if we want to re-install certain mechanisms that are currently shut down because of the quarantines, that we might not want to see come back when we return to our normal lives.

It’s crucial to stay united and show solidarity with all involved. But it’s also important to stay critical of what’s going on, what decisions are being made and how power is being used. Some measures taken now seem obvious and necessary, but are unwanted to remain standard procedure. For instance: will cash payments return, will small (physical) shops survive and revive after the crisis? On the other hand, more online education options becoming available to more people and the increase of contacting people (far away) via digital communication might be nice side effects of this crisis. It will be crucial to check what choices will be made when the dust starts to settle, and how strong our unity will remain and how far our solidarity will reach then.

Stay safe, stay healthy! <3 

17 March 2020 ~ Comments Off on Hanging On The Telephone

Hanging On The Telephone

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Hanging On The Telephone

Today we can finally present you our new single, the second of our cover series: HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE! Written by The Nerves, popularized by Blondie, ‘updated’ by us! This is the last digital release before releasing our physical Covers EP on May 12.

Still from the 'hanging on the telephone' music video

Hanging on the Telephone is available via all usual suspects, find it on Spotify, Youtube, Bandcamp and all the others through antillectual.com/hangingonthetelephone. Our new single is from the same recording session as our version of The Police’ Truth Hits Everybody: drums and bass are recorded by our live sound tech Emiel Thoonen; vocals, guitars and hammond recorded by Menno Bakker at Amsterdam Recording Company, who also recorded our debut album Silencing Civilization. Mixed by Menno Bakker at ARC, mastering by Carl Saff. The video is created by Tijs VL, production by Roos de Huu. The artwork is from the one and only Andy Dahlström from Satanic Surfers; what a team!

Artwork for the covers EP

Covers EP

On May 12 we will release our Covers EP. Next to Truth Hits Everybody and Hanging on the Telephone it will include covers of The Stooges’ Search and Destroy and Ramones’ I Believe in Miracles. It will be released as a 7” worldwide with artwork by Andy Dahlström.

Touring

With so much going on with the Corona virus spreading, we can’t guarantee all these shows will actually take place. Keep an eye on our site, FB, Insta or Twitter for more info and instant updates if cancellations happen. This is what we have scheduled at the moment:


That’s it for now, till next time! Then we will have more details for our Covers EP release, including the pre-order! Thanks for reading, stay in touch …

Missed our previous newsletter? Find it here!

– Willem, Riekus & Toon

15 January 2020 ~ Comments Off on 2020

2020

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2020

Happy new year! 2019 was amazing to us, hopefully 2020 will be as great, or maybe even better!? We will unveil some of our 2020 plans below; this year we’ll release more music than last year, both digital and physical!

2019

We wrote a little report about what we did last year: festivals like Brakrock, SBÄM and KNRD Fest; with bands like Descendents, Pussy Riot and Pennywise; in places like Finland, Turkey and Schiphol Airport! Check the piece on our website. The last thing we did in 2019 was Friends First Fest, find the event for FFF 2020 on FB.

Antillectual performing in Ankara, Turkey

Live in Ankara, Turkey. Photo by Kaan Koçakoğlu.

Release Hanging On The Telephone

After releasing our version of The Police’ Truth Hits Everybody we will release another song from our cover recording session: Hanging on the Telephone, originally by The Nerves, popularized by Blondie. On February 25 we will set it free, including a music video and the usual digital suspects!

Release Cover EP

But that’s not all: we recorded four covers in total, spring 2020 we will release these as a physical, vinyl EP. More info like the artwork, tracklist, etc will follow, but for now we are looking for partners to release/distribute this EP together with us. So get in touch if you are a label, booker, promoter or anyone that wants to help us out spreading our upcoming EP. Let’s Do It Together!

Shows

We already have some nice shows, supports and festivals scheduled for 2020! Including trips to the United Kingdom and Switzerland!


That’s it for now, till next time! Then we will share Hanging on the Telephone with you and tell you more about our cover EP! Thanks for reading, stay in touch …

Missed our previous newsletter? Find it here!

– Willem, Riekus & Toon

30 December 2019 ~ Comments Off on Look back: 2019

Look back: 2019

2019 was another eventful year for us. Let’s look back at some of the highlights:

January: The first thing we did in 2019 was tour with one of our favorite bands, Satanic Surfers, and play with one of the most relevant and controversial acts around: Pussy Riot. Both very impressive in their own ways.
In February we played a sold out benefit show for Solidarity at Sea in Köln.
March brought us to Tim van Doorn’s Big Dog Recordings in Antwerp where we recorded If You’re Not Outraged and Fever among other songs. In March we also released the first single of 2019, a cover of The Police’ Truth Hits Everybody.
In April we got to return to Italy since long for No Reason Fest with Astpai and many Italian friends we didn’t see in a long time! Selling out Amplifest in Freiburg is surely something that will stay with us as well!
In May we got to do a small tour that included playing SBÄM Fest in Austria and Obenuse Fest in Switzerland, good good times! The police escort at Hafen Rock in Hamburg is something else that we won’t forget for a while!
June gave us Eselrock, quite close to home, but far from what we expected, in a good way!
July was very busy for us, and packed with great stuff: We got to play our co-hometown Utrecht and pay tribute to our friend Dick at Revival Fest. We returned to KNRD Fest for another adventure in the woods and we released our second single: If You’re Not Outraged! We played Haltpop and got to support Propagandhi at a sold out Markthalle in Hamburg!
We got to play Brakrock in August, and had an incredible time there. Twice, as we also did a fun acoustic set at the merch! We played an extremely last minute and extremely exciting show with Pennywise at a sold out Live Music Hall in Köln. We did two shows on one day in August as well: Lautfeuer Festival and support for Descendents at the Melkweg! Bucketlist material: our first time in the big hall, where we saw many of our favorite bands play over the years. Thanks to Destiny Bookings for all “support” in summer 2019!
In September we played our 3rd show in Köln in 1 year, wow! And we played Heart Attack Fest in Berlin, always good!
We went to Graz for Ernte Punk Fest in October and to Finland for our first 3 shows there, which were very awesome, and for which we are really grateful.
In November we got to go where we never thought we would play music: Turkey! Fascinating country (not only in a good way), and it was extremely rewarding to play shows there, as not many bands go there (yet!). We also released our 3rd and last single of 2019 in November: FEVER and got to play Prince Bishop Fest in Liège.
December had 2 very pleasant surprises to offer: We played Protestival, a climate protest festival at Schiphol Airport organized by Greenpeace and Friends First Fest, the end of the year party we’re still recovering from!

Thanks to all that made 2019 a great year! Special thanks go out to Uncle M Music, The Living Proof Agency, Loud Noise, Merit Based Bookings, Pekka Hidden Frame, Parazit Kolektif, Tim van Doorn, Ruben Smulders, Tes at Segolia and Thomas at Dark Roast.

 

25 December 2019 ~ Comments Off on Advent quiz results and Friends First Fest sold out!

Advent quiz results and Friends First Fest sold out!

Happy Holidays everybody!
As promised we’ll post the results of the advent quiz today. Thanks for sending in your answers, we hope you enjoyed doing this quiz as much as we did creating it!
Congratulations to the winner; Casper van Beijnum, you had the most correct answers! Come pick up your prizes at Friends First Fest using your 2 free tickets.

Speaking of which; those were the last 2 tickets available, because we’re very excited to say that FFF is SOLD OUT!

Q: How many kilometers were on our previous van when we had to let it go?
A: 677.805 km

Q: Who’s Spotify Wrapped 2019 is this?
A: Riekus

Q: Name as many bands as you can that Riekus was in? Bonus points if you name the first one!
A: Censored, Screwballs, Action heroes, Brandnewday, Stars overnight, Straight A’s, Omission, Dead Giveaway, Antillectual

Q: What is the nearest country, from The Netherlands, that Antillectual never played?
A: Denmark

Q: In which country did our number of spotify listeners grow the hardest in 2019?
A: Brazil

Q: What band did Toon do guest vocals for in the studio in 2019?
A: Crooked Kingdom

Q: The idea for this quiz was stolen from Tim Vantol. On how many shows did he handle bass duties for us?
A: 66

Q: What band was Yvo a part of after Antillectual?
A: Lawine

Q: What question would like to have answered tomorrow?
A: Apparently this was a bit too metaphysical for y’all, no answers were sent in.

Q: What show number will Friends First Fest 2019 be for us?
A: #1051

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