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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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12 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Covers EP out today

Today is the release of our COVERS EP! If you pre-ordered (thanks!), it has probably already arrived at your home. If you haven’t, this might be your last chance to order one!

Order the Covers EP

In total we recorded 4 covers of “the roots of our roots” for this passion project. When the cover idea surfaced we didn’t feel like covering the bands we grew up on. Most of them are still around or reunited. It seemed much more interesting to go back some more generations and find early punk songs with a melodic vibe to them. The EP includes covers of Truth Hits Everybody (The Police), Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves, Blondie), I Believe in Miracles (Ramones) and Search and Destroy (The Stooges). Check the first review we got!

The cover artwork consists of adaptations of the four original designs so you know it’s us. Re-designs by Andy Dahlström (Satanic Surfers). We recorded the rhythm section live and we kept dubs and edits to a minimum. This is as raw/unpolished as we get in the studio! Drums and bass recorded by Emiel Thoonen; vocals, guitars and hammond recorded by Menno Bakker at Amsterdam Recording Company. Mixed by Menno Bakker at ARC, mastering by Carl Saff.

Order the Covers EP

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We had 500 EPs made, but after sending out label and pre-order copies there are less than 40(!) left. You can still get one via our webshop; combine it with a shirt, album, tape, etc. Shirts are still available in S/M/L tight fit and S/M/L/XL loose fit. Just like the EPs: while supplies last … Besides releasing cover versions of these classic songs on a classic vinyl format, the EP is of course also digitally available. Check our Covers EP page to play the EP via Spotify, Bandcamp, Youtube and all other services.

Online acoustic sessions

We’re throwing a release party on Friday May 15! These days this means that we will go live via FB and Insta to celebrate the release, play some acoustic songs, do a Q&A and whatever else happens! Reply to this email with your (song) requests! The day after, Saturday May 16 aka Lagwagon Day, Willem is doing an acoustic set for Boatless Booze Cruise. A charity online festival with proceeds going to suffering venues in Hamburg, incl bands like The Creepshow, Teen Agers, Travels & Trunks

Toon, live in action

Toon has left the band

Sorry for ending this newsletter with a downer, for some this might come as a complete surprise, others were already in the know. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Toon has decided to leave the band. We wish him the best of luck with his (musical) endeavors and thank him for all the time and energy that he put into our band since 2014! What’s extra sad is that the last shows we were supposed to play together have been cancelled because of corona. For the remaining 2020 shows we already have a neat plan, including a very appropriate replacement solution. We will tell you all about it as soon as we know 100% sure that the currently booked shows are taking place.


That’s it for now, till next time! Then we can hopefully tell you all about our plans for the 2020 shows! Thanks for reading, stay in touch …

11 April 2020 ~ Comments Off on Pre-order Covers EP

Pre-order Covers EP

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Our Covers EP will come out on May 12, starting today you can pre-order it! We created some nice bundles including a shirt design, stickers, pins and full length albums. Check in tonight to hear Willem play some (cover) songs from our HQ!

Pre-orders for the Covers EP

Pre-orders

You can now pre-order our Covers EP via our webshop! We added some nice bundles with a Cover Shirt, full length, tapes, stickers and pins options. Since getting merch at a store, show or festival is not an option at the moment we added reduced prices on multiple EPs. That way you can order a couple and distribute them to your friends (at 1,5m distance!) or throw one in their mailbox as a quarantine gift. Distribute It Together! With every pre-order comes an instant download of 2 tracks.
Order the Covers EP / Cover shirt / Cover EP+shirt / Covers EP tape / EP+Shirt+Album bundle

Acoustic Live Stream

Tonight, Sunday April 12, at 20h00 CET Willem will do an acoustic live session to celebrate that pre-orders are available. Come hang out, expect some of the covers from the EP and some original songs. BYOB, tell a punk! Check in to our Facebook or Instagram page to join in!

Live acoustic session Sunday April 12 20h00 CET

Touring

In the overview below we also included the shows that got canceled because of Corona. We can’t guarantee that the other shows will take place. Keep an eye on our site, FB, Insta or Twitter for more info and instant updates if anything happens.

24 March 2020 ~ Comments Off on Every Crisis Is A Moral Crisis; the Corona edition

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

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