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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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11 November 2009 ~ Comments Off

A week and a half to go

And then we can hit the stages again. We are really eager to come out and play. For our standards it’s been a while since we played. And a lot is happening behind the screens and as soon as we get out, you will notice.

In the mean time Punk Your Store has aired. It is supposed to be(come) the European Interpunk. That means that you are able to digitally order ALL punk/hardcore albums ever released. Well, a lot. And being resided in Europe that means for Europeans no longer having to bother with importing taxes and more bullshit like that. And another good reason to go there: they have our stuff …

And last, a news letter will be sent out next week. Keep you children at home.

29 October 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Enjoy your Fest!

Originated out of jealousy this goes out to all Yanks, tourists and other Fest visitors who are gonna celebrate the best weekend of the year this weekend in Gainesville. I wish we could be there ourselves, but hopefully we will be back next year. Have fun watching our friends from Static Radio, After the Fall, One Win Choice, Fiya, Bridge and Tunnel, Iron Chic, Strike Anywhere, and of course the “usual suspects”. If you happen to run into Thomas (our friend who helps us out with merchandise on tour) offer him and his girlfriend a place to sleep, they are still in need of one I guess.
Oh, and could someone tape the Samiam show?

27 October 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Practice makes perfect

And today we had another rehearsal session with Tom! Our first set with him is nearing completion. We are very excited to play the (new) songs with Tom. There is a new dimension added to both the old and new songs having a new melodic voice in the band. These rehearsal sessions also give Riekus and me the chance to make small adjustments and improvements in songs we have been playing for years now. (Perfectionists? No, you must be kidding …) On top of that a lot of new shows are being arranged to see if it all holds up live. Check the shows page for details. More shows are welcome, keep em coming!

21 October 2009 ~ Comments Off

Kraken Gaat Door! (Squatting Continues)

“News flash!”: The Dutch goverment is trying to forbid squatting by means of a new law. Since a lot of people experience the benefits of empty buildings being squatted and only a little group of property speculators makes money on purposely keeping buildings vacant, there is a lot of resistance against the new law. Even local governments do not support the new law since it is impossible and undesirable to evict all current squats. This Saturday, October 24, at 1300h, there will be a rally against the squatting prohibition in Utrecht (NL). Read more about the new law and the rally here (English) or here (Dutch).

If you ever visited, played a show, had band practice, ate a meal or whatever in a (former) squat (and it is within reasonable distance), please consider going to this rally. This concerns you too. And, there will be a meet & greet with (ex) Antillectual band members and their kids! If that doesn’t do it …
See you there! Kraken Gaat Door!

19 October 2009 ~ 22 Comments

Yvo pulls the plug

The times they are a-changing in the Dutch punk rock scene. After the break up of befriended bands like Smash the Statues, 1000 Miles Ahead and Progress Antillectual couldn’t fall behind. For some it might be a surprise, others might have seen it coming since Pieter (Omission, Rush n Attack) replaced Yvo on the past three tours. But Yvo has decided to leave Antillectual. Read his statement on how and what below.

“This is it, I quit! I could not combine my family life with the band anymore. I always gave everything I had for this band, and I wouldn’t want to give any less. As much as I love Antillectual, I want to focus on my family life now. They need me, I need them. It sounds as simple as that, but we all know decisions like this are tough … This is probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Antillectual is the very first band I ever played in. When we started I never would’ve thought this band would have such a huge influence on me. On every single tour I was overwhelmed by the inspiring social centres we’d play, I was touched by the people and collectives taking care of us, I was moved by the late night talks and discussions. Beautiful landscapes and fucked up border cops. Endless drives and endless landscapes.

Above all, Antillectual was the proof of taking matters in our own hands. We wrote the songs, we screamed from the top of our lungs, we booked the tours, we brought political books to shows, we organized shows, we almost killed ourselves a couple of times. We trusted strangers on the other side of the world, we made friends who we might never see ever again. Why? Because it felt like the right thing to do. And that’s exactly the reason why I’m stepping off this crazy train ride. Antillectual was my place, my home, and my safe haven. I could say what I want, do what I want, I could be the person who I am. Something that can be hard in daily life I’ve discovered. I’ve read several articles and books describing Autonomous Free Zones. Well, Antillectual was one of those zones for me. At least that’s how I experienced it. Now is the time to create those autonomous zones/ spaces in daily life.

Even though a part of my world has crumbled into pieces, I’m also looking forward to new challenges. Raising my kids in a loving and caring way is the biggest, most intense and beautiful challenge of all. Next to that I’ve always said I should spend more time on political ideals so I’ll be working on that. So I hope to see you on the barricades!

I wish my dearest friends in Antillectual all the best in the world. Thanks to everyone.

Love & rage, Yvo”

Riekus and I understand Yvo’s decision, even though we would have loved to continue with him. We wish Yvo all the best in his future life and activities. In “true Antillectual style” Riekus and I have already been working hard on our next chapter. And with the break up of Smash the Statues it seemed the most logical step to ask our friend Tom if he felt like playing bass in our band. And he did. This makes us more eager and ready to go on than ever before. We are sorry for Yvo to leave, but Tom is the best replacement we could hope for. A lot of new perspectives are opening up to us. New songs are being practised; new tours are being booked.

Tom’s first show will be our next show in Walhalla, Sevenum (NL) on November 21. Yvo’s last show will be on January 23 in De Onderbroek in Nijmegen (NL), which coincides with Smash the Statues’ farewell show. Be there! We are playing all previously booked shows and we are looking for new shows to get both Tom and the newly written songs kicked into shape. Antillectual will continue to bring the Typewriter book distro to shows.