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18 February 2022 ~ Comments Off on NEWSLETTER: Shred Fest & Fresh Merch

NEWSLETTER: Shred Fest & Fresh Merch

Antillectual

Shred Fest & Fresh Merch

After a false start last fall live events are really back this time! We can finally reveal the new festival we’ve been hinting at: SHRED FEST, a combination of music and skating! And there’s a pre-order for great looking new shirts and sweaters:

New merch designs

Fresh Merch

With shows on the way we wanted to make new merch. We made a poll and people picked the Bijstand mural design by Mike Nicolaassen. You can pre-order a shirt, crewneck or zipper with an album of choice! We have all items in 3 color options (black/navy/burgundy) and a wide range of sizes available for pre-order only! Pre-orders are up until Sunday Feb 27, orders will be sent out at the beginning of April.

Unfortunately our financial reserves have vanished during the pandemic, this is the ultimate way to support us. Thank you for helping us out this way; it means the world to us, and makes new recordings possible(!)

Shred Fest, April 2nd in Waalhalla Nijmegen

Shred Fest

When Friends First Fest #6 got postponed to Dec 2022 we wanted to do “something” as soon as measures would allow it. SHRED FEST is our impromptu festival happening at skate park Waalhalla in Nijmegen on April 2nd. Combining a rad line-up (announcement soon!) with skate demos, contests, jams and food! You heard the announcement here first, keep an eye on our social media or the FB event for updates! Bring your board / bmx / blades / scooter kid or borrow some gear from Waalhalla and come SHRED with us!

Videos of the deconstruction of 'I Wrote This Song'

Deconstructing I WROTE THIS SONG

To kill the downtime we’ve been doing all sorts of pandemic projects: a drum chronology, acoustic shows and covers. The latest (and hopefully the last) one is a series about the deconstruction of I WROTE THIS SONG. The first 3 episodes give a peek at our songwriting process through demos, instrumentation breakdowns, the song’s structure and music that inspired the songwriting. Subscribe to our Youtube channel for new episodes!

Upcoming Shows

We’re very excited to see you in real life again at one of these:

  • Apr 02 NL Nijmegen, Shred Fest. FB
  • May 28 DE Unkel, Belly Up Fest.
  • Jun 03 DE Essen, Café Nova. Info / FB
  • Jun 04 DE/FR TBC.
  • Jun 05 LU Esch-sur-Alzette, Mad Ones Fest. Info / FB
  • Jun 16 DE Göttingen, T-Keller.
  • Jun 17 DE Leipzig, Beard Ättäck Fest (Conne Island). Info / FB
  • Jun 18, 2022 DE Minden, Kraetzeval. FB
  • Jul 26 NL Utrecht, dBs w/ Strung Out. Info / FB
  • Jul 27 NL Vlaardingen, Kroepoekfabriek w/ Strung Out. Info / FB
  • Dec 29 NL Nijmegen, Friends First Fest #6. FB

Wanna see/book us/make this list longer? Get in touch with us or Steve at Merit Based.


Next time we will hopefully share even more new shows with you! That’s it for now, thanks for reading, till next time…

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06 October 2021 ~ Comments Off on Newsletter October 2021: Finally we’re back!

Newsletter October 2021: Finally we’re back!

This is the news we’ve been dying to send you: WE ARE DOING SHOWS AGAIN! After being on our biggest break ever, doing some small projects and missing you a lot, we are very excited to make new plans, and music! We actually have some shows lined up, which we will be playing with new line ups…

Pandemic Projects

Willem and the Punk Cellist

We decided to lay low for as long as we couldn’t do “normal” shows. We did do some things though:
Riekus recorded a “Drum Chronology” : all 54 of our songs in 5 minutes! While normal shows were impossible, Willem did some acoustic online shows. Here you can check Willem at SBÄM Online Fest 3. Unscripted Moments aka the Propagandhi podcast did an episode with Willem talking about Mate Ka Moris Ukun Rasik An for which he did an acoustic cover with the Punk Cellist. It was scheduled well in advance, but the release of our Covers EP happened in the middle of the pandemic. While vinyl sold out in the pre-order, we still have some tapes and it’s on all digital channels via our website.

New Line Up

As you read in our latest newsletter Toon has left the band. During the downtime we had plenty of time to think about what to do. Instead of looking for one and one bass player only, we decided to build an army of bass players. This makes it easy for us as a band to be flexible and doesn’t require people to cancel their own lives when helping us out. At the moment Gijs (Zero Zero Zero, Tenement Kids) and Ben (Dependent) are jumping in. The spirit is high, we’re very excited to play with them, come welcome them at the upcoming shows!

With the prospect of new band members, shows and tours, we should also think about new releases, right? Check! We’re working on new songs that we would love to release. Perhaps as an “album”? No deadline, release date or any other timeline yet though. You’ll read it here first!

Upcoming Shows

Posters for our 4 upcoming shows

Even though this list is shorter than usual, we’re very happy with the fact that there is a list period!

Wanna see/book us/make this list longer? Get in touch with us or Steve at Merit Based. Steve (you might also know him from his band Belvedere!) is taking care of all our European bookings, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Merch

Merch!

As you know, we’re not in it for the money, but it does make our van go round. If you wanna support us keeping our heads above water, paying our bills now that we’ve been running dry for over a year: please check out the merch in our webshop, it’s the best way to help us out. We have all full length albums (LP+CD) available, some Covers EP tapes, the Fever and “Ramones” design and some limited leftovers. We’ll cut your shipping costs if you add the comment “Newsletter Friends First”!


That’s it for now, thanks for reading, till next time!

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12 May 2020 ~ Comments Off on Covers EP out today

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

Order

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 …

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17 March 2020 ~ Comments Off on Hanging On The Telephone

Hanging On The Telephone

Antillectual

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

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15 January 2020 ~ Comments Off on 2020

2020

Antillectual

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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