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.
This is the last episode of our stream. And what would make more sense than to stream the last song of the album? Stream ALL the songs of our new album! Next to streaming the album, you can of course order the CD or LP from us. If you want a digital version of the album you can get one, for FREE or for a donation, at music.antillectual.com. All our music is up for download over there, for FREE or for a donation. You know how it works.
But, this is also the revealing of our last song of the album, “So Much More”. It’s a song about being in a band in general and about being in this band in particular. The song is a little different from the other ones on the album, check for yourself. Heleen from Midnight Menace did guest vocals on this song, like she did on “Buyer’s Remorse”. She wrote about our cooperation below.
In the last 11 weeks our songs have been played over 12.000 times, and still counting. So please read on, enjoy our album and feel free to share it with your friends.
The boys of Antillectual asked me to come over and sing some guest vocals for their new album ‘Start from Scratch’. At first they sent me some pre-recordings of the track. I loved it from the first tune! The song felt good! It’s a nice, sweet and catchy sort of punkrock ballad. A song that got stuck in my head for hours. The lyrics describe exactly how I feel about making music and about the people I’ve met in the past few years.
I got really excited to come over to the studio in Panningen. I made up some extra vocal lines, hoping they would like it (cause I was a little bit nervous about it). Once I stood behind the mic, everything went smoothly! It felt so good to sing.
It was nice to come back to the studio after a few years. It felt good working with the boys. Very nice to work with other people besides my own band. We exchanged many ideas and came up with a very nice result: the track ‘So Much More’.
What can I say……this is our life! It was a day to remember!
Full Album Stream
Patience, time to relax
This is what people do in their weekends
This is what some do for a hobby
A nice distraction to others
It certainly should not be
That forced family meeting
The same faces, talks and expectations
Even though it sometimes feels just like one
This is our life
We put our hearts and heads into
My brain, my hands, want to be inspired
We are not in it for the backstage beer
Not for the girls, girls, girls
We are not in it for the afterparty
Or the big paycheck at the end of every month
Fuck the reunions, fuck the macho competition
Fuck the hypes, if I can’t revolt it’s not my party
This is our life
We prefer it meaningful
Not our safe haven
To me, punkrock is so much more than just music, a part time hobby or a group of friends enjoying the same drinking music. Punkrock has, over the years, literally become a way of living. It has increased my interest in politics and activism and broadened my view on a lot of topics. I love it when I see a band with the urge and drive to play music and spread a message they believe in. That is inspiration to make music myself, to keep on writing lyrics, to stay active. All this makes me want to put in my whole heart and head into this band, music and scene.
There it is, our new album! Again, if you like the sound of it, we have some beautiful Digipacks and Gatefolds up for sale in our store. Don’t forget to enjoy the peace and quiet of your Antillectual-free-Monday next week!
Contrary to the other songs, this song has absolutely nothing to do with current affairs. Or does it? “Classic Themes Never Get Old” is an ode to issues we should never forget about, even though media hypes focus on other stuff and some themes might not seem very popular to address these days. An ode to worn off patches, graffiti on squatted walls and the roots of our movement.
It is good to read everyone appreciated last week’s gear talk. This week we have our friends from our Italian label No Reason Records talk about why they run a label, why they support bands like us and Rentokill. They released our previous albums “Testimony” and “Pull the Plug” and they are strong connections in the European punkrock network. Releasing albums and booking shows for Atlas Losing Grip, Astpai, In-sane, This Is A Standoff, The Living Daylights, High Five Drive and many many more.
Please read on, enjoy the song and feel free to share it with your friends.
This song is dedicated to all the active movements and people. We think that running a punk-hc label in the new millennium is our way to be committed. Nowdays everyone can download their favourite music everywhere, on the blogs, p2p, etc. Nobody probably needs to be in contact with a label to discover new bands and music. So, apparently, there is “no reason” to run a label. But we’ve found more than one, when we’ve met these guys. ANTILLECTUAL and RENTOKILL are probably the two main bands that have helped us to choose our direction. Their passion, dedication and energy teach how to put all of ourselves in this project.
Shit happens, we know it, but we have learned how to accept it trying to catch the best from all experiences we live. We’ve seen them play with the same effort in front of 10 people and in front of 300. They are active as a band. It’s your turn to choose your own way!
NoReason is not a music industry, it’s just a collective of people like you! Join our way!
You might think it is old fashioned
To preach about the bio-industry
You might think that it is not hip
To worry about nuclear waste
You might think it is politically correct
To fight discrimination
You might think it’s simply boring
To use words like capitalism
Old fashioned, not hip and politically correct; boring
But in this changing world there are certain things worth fighting for
Human, animal and environmental rights
Of all places, of all times, always of value
Anti-globalism, climate change
Making politics sexy again
It’s getting hot in here
Trim your sails to the wind of change
A weather beaten dusty squat our foundation
The maxims on its walls our inspiration
Since 9/11 and “the crisis” in 2008-2009-2010 it seems as if terrorism and the financial markets are the only two topics worth talking about. Even in the political/activist scene there are trends and hypes. Since the late nineties globalization is the number one theme to discuss and criticize. And even though it’s extremely important to stay in touch with current affairs, classic themes should never be overlooked. Besides that, they form the basis for current movements.
Animal and human rights, homophobia, environmental protection and economic problems among lower classes are subjects that have been around for ages. So they might not be very “sexy”. Yet, there is a reason they’ve been around for this long. They have proven to be important over time. This is a tribute to activism in the fields of Anti-fascist action, Gay-positive activism, Animal liberation, Environmental activism. Yes, Subjects in Capitals.
Next week! The release of our new album! The last song of this stream! The end of torture! And what a surprise we will have for you! And more exclamation marks!!!
Thanks for putting up with us over the last 3 months, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
A lot of the new songs are either (partly) written on an acoustic guitar or survived the acoustic test. Therefore we decided to start taking on acoustic shows again. I say “we” but in fact it will be only me (Willem) playing. For the upcoming French tour there will be 2 occasions and maybe more will follow after?
November 10, Marseille (FR). Lollipop Music Store (Acoustic in store 18:00h)
November 13, Cauterets (FR). Le Commerce (An acoustic set as support for the regular set)
So dig up our acoustic EP and dust off your lighters! By the way; expect an acoustic surprise in the streams to come …
We still need some last minute shows for this French tour. Check out the shows section and if you can help out, please!
The first review of our album describes this song as “the strongest song on the album”. Please decide for yourself. You could consider this another new “old” song. An acoustic version appeared on our “Pull the Plug” EP and we recorded a demo of this song during the recordings of the Kid Dynamite tribute cover. Because of an out of tune guitar that was never released though …
And what a coicindence, this song could not have been planned better. It was originally written as a critique of Dutch right wing politics instigated by Geert Wilders and Rita Verdonk. Thank god we got rid of Rita Verdonk, but guess who will play a crucial role in last week’s installed government?
Our pen pal this week is our studio engineer Nico van Montfort. He also recorded our previous releases “Testimony” and “Pull the Plug” and has worked with almost all Dutch punk and hardcore bands. Prepare yourself for a very detailed documentation of how we recorded the album you have been listening to in the last weeks. *Nerd/engineer/musician alert!*
Please read on, enjoy the song and feel free to share it with your friends.
I chose to talk about The New Jew for a few reasons. First off it’s the first song we recorded during the session for this record, second it’s the only song featuring Riekus’ vintage Olympic snare drum (the quality turned out to be a bit too vintage to last through a whole song of hard pounding, let alone a whole record) and last but not least, a lot of little tricks and funny things we did during mixing are used in this song.
Since we had recorded The New Jew before for the “Pull the Plug EP” and together with the Kid Dynamite tribute song, this definitely was a song everyone was comfortable with to start. After a good morning of setting up, tuning, trying different drum heads, more tuning, placing mics, making a hi-hat muffler (yes, we had too much hi-hat in the overheads and room mics) and trying different mics this was the first song to actually get on “tape” (interesting note may be that the drums and bass for “Testimony” were recorded on 16 track tape). This time we’re recording in the Er0ck studio in Panningen and Reaper is our tape machine. Riekus is playing to a click and Willem is guiding him on guitar in the live room. It doesn’t take too long to get a decent take of drums, except for the snare drum falling apart after or during each take. First the idea was to keep one tempo throughout the song but we noticed that the bridge sounded too rushed when played in the same tempo as the rest of the song so we decided to slow it down 5 BPM in the bridge.
For the gear nerd, here’s what we used on drums (drums are Peace Paragon custom maple 24×18, 13×8, 16×16, 18×16 Tama Rockstar and Olympic 14×5 snare from 1962, Mapex black panther 14×5,5 on all other songs, Evans coated G2 on all toms, Remo coated powerstroke 3 on kick batter, coated emperor on resonant, snare is Remo controlled sound coated)
Here’s the drums channel listing
kick inside – 901
kick outside – 902
snare top – SM57
snare bottom – 906
HH – SM7
tom – 904
floor 1 – d112
floor 2 – d112
ride bottom – 905
OH HH side – AE3000
OH R side – AE3000
Room HH side – NT1 (run through distressor on the way in)
Room R side – NT1 (run through distressor on the way in)
Room center back – AE2500 (condenser side)
After drums it was Toms turn to make his debut on bass. He just recently bough his own bass, a customized Japanese Fender Jazz bass with US electronics and a US made neck (which is thick as hell!). Tom hadn’t been playing bass for too long when Antillectual recorded this record and he didn’t own his own bass amp yet. He had been borrowing Yvo’s Ampeg V4 and 8×10 but didn’t really make friends with either of them yet so he had been playing bass on the clean channel of his Marshall JCM800 2210 guitar head most of the time, with a SansAmp in front to tighten it up a little and add a little character. I brought my Aguilar 8×10 to the studio so Tom didn’t bother bringing the Ampeg. He accepted my opinion that it sounds much better than any Ampeg I’ve ever heard (and probably wouldn’t dare to say so if he thought differently about it) We checked out some sounds with the JCM800 and the Aguilar and were pretty excited. Then we set up my early 70’s Marquis superbass head (it was actually born as a 2203 replica but I had it modded to Bassman specs, so it’s actually a 100 watt bassman with an EL34 poweramp) We immediately agreed this sounded more like an awesome bass tone than the 800 did. So, finally, off we went! Tom’s debut on bass was a pretty rough one. I had to get angry at him more than once to make him hit his strings hard enough. It paid off though: the bass ended up sounding rock solid. We tracked the bass using 2 channels: one DI track (SansAmp) and one mic track (d112), both run through distressors on the way in.
Some people might know that my favorite part of recording is checking out guitar sounds. That’s something Antillectual (or at least Willem) enjoys as much as I do so we brought quite an arsenal of amps in. Here we go:
Willem’s H&K triamp, Willem’s bassman 70, my ‘77 Marshall JMP 2203, Tom’s ’88 Marshall JCM800 2210, Hunk’s ’87 Marshall JCM800 2203 (modded), Gijs’ Mesa Boogie 3 channel dual rectifier, Casper’s Soldano SLO100 and as if that wasn’t enough to choose from we also brought some cabs: Willem’s Greenback 4×12 Marshall, my Greenback 4×12 Marshall, Hunk’s Blackback (pre Greenback) 4×12 Marshall, Tom’s V30 4×12 Marshall and Erik’s T75 4×12 Marshall.
We ended up using Willem or my (I actually can’t remember) Greenback cab for all the “non modern” (JCM800 / JMP / bassman) sounds and Toms v30 cab for the Mesa / Soldano sounds. Throughout the whole album we chose to use my Gibson Les Paul Standard DC on the left side and Willem’s Gibson SG Standard on the right side (apart from a few parts where we used my London city telecaster and Willems Sammick for nice single coil cleans) But that all doesn’t apply to this song anyway. For The New Jew here’s what you hear:
-left side: Les Paul + JCM800 2210 + Greenback
-right side: SG + JMP 2203 + Greenback
-choruses are an additional SG + TS9 + delay + bassman + greenback in the center of the mix
-bridge is SG + bassman + greenback
For each guitar track we were using 4 channels: 1 clean DI track (just in case), 1 channel dynamic of the AE2500, one channel condenser of the AE2500 and one room mic channel AE3000.
For The New Jew we ended up adding 2 tracks of acoustic guitars to the choruses too, to add some strum and “largeness” to the mix, backed up by a beatring. All together the track count was 84 channels for this record.
We took shifts with recording vocals. During daytime we tracked guitars and started tracking vocals after dinner, finishing 2 or 3 songs each day. Willem had a pretty long warming up routine, which included making pigeon sounds! This is the third time I recorded Antillectual and every time Willems’ singing has improved a lot compared to the time before.
We recorded all vocals through a Shure SM7, a TLAudio PA-1 preamp and a distressor.
Well, more fun stuff: mixing! A lot of cool stuff is going on in the mix of The New Jew, especially with the drums. The main thing is a lot of automation of the levels of the clean, close miced drums, parallel compressed close mics, overhead mics and last but not least the room mics. When you look at he automation lanes it looks like a work of art by itself, without even listening to it.
For some good examples listen to the pre-verse, the bridge and the outro. The pre-verse is mainly room mic, the bridge is mainly parallel compressed drums and overheads, with plenty of room mic, and the outro is all room mic.
Another fun trick we used in the mix was running all guitars and vocals through one bus and adding some slight compression on that bus. The guitars duck a little when the vocals come in to give the vocals a little bit of extra power when they come in.
The mastering itself is also an interesting thing. As you might have noticed the record isn’t overly bright or extremely loud. We decided to go for a punchy, warm and round sounding record which asks for a little more headroom to keep the low end clean. Also we did quite a lot of automation to keep the whole album dynamic and exciting. Take a listen to the intro of The New Jew and see how large the impact is when the whole band joins in.
Forget about the fascists
Forget about the communists
We are in need of a new enemy
Thank god we found one, the new jew
Without “you” we don’t know who “we” are
We need a new enemy
To consolidate those divided
Create cohesion, one national family
We are fighting wars of fear
Terrorized by intimidation
Panic and fear spreading insecurity
Their uproar against us
A natural reaction
Could you swear to react different
Under the same circumstances?
Criminalized as threat
Generalized and forced to deviate
From our biases
Biased till proven otherwise
The Netherlands used to be seen as a tolerant country. Some people and ideas that were unwelcome elsewhere found their home here. But lately things are changing. There is a tendency to put overboard our ideals of tolerance and even put them off as being politically correct or outdated. In stead current political hypes are inspired by nationalism, xenophobia and general intolerance towards anything that is not described as “Dutch”. There are mainly two politicians representing this tendency: Rita Verdonk and Geert Wilders. Both originated from a center right wing party (the VVD) manifesting more and more extreme populist ideas. What is happening in the Netherlands at this moment can in no way be compared to what happened in Nazi Germany in the thirties and forties. But the atrocities springing from that period could never have happened without the trends and conditions we’re facing again today. So be aware, be very aware.
I don’t know on what step of the nerd ladder you are if you read EVERYTHING above, but we promise you to keep it understandable for normal people next week. Our friends from No Reason Records will give their insights on us, the scene and the music industry.