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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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07 December 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Tom pulls the plug, Tim plugs in

Nope, Tom is not going to play acoustic or solo. Tom has decided to quit playing bass with us. As much as we regret his decision, we support him making it. After more than a year of fruitful cooperation, including recording a new album, Tom has decided to focus on other things. In Tom’s words:

Quitting something you love is never easy, so neither is this. For the last 15 or 16 months I have been a part of this touring machine and I will be a part of this until early February. In these months we recorded an album, did awesome tours to lots of countries that I haven’t played or even been before, played a quickie at Groezrock, went on tour with the great guys in High Five Drive and played with some of my favorite bands of all time. Besides that, I was able to play with some of the best musicians and best guys I know. I had a great time in this band, but the time has come for me to pull the plug. Putting my heart and head into this band is something I really loved, but I can’t find the time anymore to do it the upcoming year. Other things in my life ask more time than I have and that means I have to choose between different things. Unfortunately, a lot of things couldn’t continue without me, but the band can! And will! I’m happy that Riekus and Willem will continue this band and have already found another great guy to take over my duties. The last thing I wanted, was to give Antillectual a hard time, but it seems that touring a lot to promote the new album will be easier than ever!

And for me? I will focus on the things that need to be done and probably pick up a guitar when I have time again.
For now I would like to thank Riekus and Willem for giving me the opportunity to play in this band. Also thanks to Etjen and Thomas for helping out in so many ways. Although it was a short time, it has been a blast!

Ajuus!
Tom

Since we seem to be able to change our line up more often than Lady Gaga changes outfits, we haven’t given up hope and we will continue without Tom. For those of you that already knew of Tom’s departure, we also have news: a guy named Tim will take Tom’s place. Some of you may know Tim better as Tim van Tol. We have played together with Tim in the past and come across his name throughout Europe and even the USA. When we coincidentally got in touch with him we talked about Tom’s departure and he seemed willing to take his spot. Riekus and I are very happy to welcome Tim to our bass player-guzzling machine called Antillectual and we are looking forward to play shows with this gifted musician. Tim will of course continue his solo work next to playing bass for us.

Tom’s last show with us will be at the ACU, Utrecht on February 4. Other bands playing: Tim van Tol (the coincidence!) and more to be confirmed …

29 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

This Friday: Release show “Start From Scratch!”

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention at all: this Friday, December 3rd, we will throw a release party for our new album “Start From Scratch!”. It will be held in the Merleyn in Nijmegen, other bands playing are This Routine Is Hell and The Real Danger. This time we are in it for the afterparty as well: DJ Santina Runaway will serve the finest eighties hardrock and hairmetal until the break of vocal chords. Shield recordings and Typewriter will bring their distros to provide you with the best Sinterklaas presents of the decade. On a related note: we will sell the last copies of our stack of limited vinyl of “Start From Scratch!”.

Bring all your friends, but make sure you are on time. Doors open at 21.00h and it will get FULL. You can also reserve tickets. Wondering which of your facebook friends are coming?

KOME!

KOME!

24 November 2010 ~ Comments Off

Now the dust has settled …

Alright, so we have calmed down a little after releasing our new album on November 1st and touring France after that. How are you doing? The feedback so far has been more than mind blowing and jaw dropping. Below you can find some feedback that reached us, some interviews we did and some reports of what has been going on the last weeks. If you know of more reviews, interviews or the like, please inform us! And of course you can still download all our music including our new album (for free or for a donation) at music.antillectual.com or order a CD or LP at our webshop. Let us know what you think of it, speak freely.

To promote our new album we are gonna play live a lot. See “SHOWS” for all shows, including our “Release Benelux Tour”. Some shows we want to emphasize, in order of appearance:

Dec 3 NL Nijmegen Merleyn RELEASE SHOW “START FROM SCRATCH!” w/ The Real Danger, This Routine Is Hell

Jan 5 GER Available! w/ Red Tape Parade
Jan 6 GER Augsburg Ballonfabrik w/ Red Tape Parade
Jan 7 GER Available! w/ Red Tape Parade
Jan 8 GER Berlin Scherer8 w/ Red Tape Parade, Man the change
Jan 9 GER Available! w/ Red Tape Parade

Jan 13 NL Groningen Eurosonic / Noorderslag: Shadrak, Main w/ Turbostaat, Kvelertak, De Staat, Death Letters, Destine, Kensington, MakeBelieve, Only Seven Left, The Opposites, and so many more … (January 15 we will play acoustic at Eurosonic/Noorderslag for Live in Your Living Room)

As you can see we are still looking for some shows and confirmations for our German tour in January. Where should we drop by? Let us know!

For Dutch blog Eerste Hulp bij Plaatopnamen Riekus reported how we set up, executed and received feedback on our streaming project around the release. For Dutchies interested, read the third part of the trilogy! A lot of people, zines and other media have been writing about us lately. Here you can find a selection of those pieces:

Interviews:
Our interview at Punkfiction
(in French)
Our interview at Noize Italia
(in Italian)
Our interview at Dagheisha
(in Italian)
Our interview at Roar Ezine
(in Dutch)

Reviews:
Rockrebelmagazine
(in Italian)
Longliverocknroll
(in Italian)
Metalorgie (in French)
xBethereorbesquarex
(in French)
Roomthirteen
(in English)
Massmovement
(in English)
Shakezine
(in English)
Rockfreaks (in English)
In-your-face (in German)
Track4
(in German. 5 out of 5 stars!)
Tristesse
(in Finnish)
Revolution-music (in Danish.
6 out of 6 stars!)
Punx.nl
(in Dutch)
Roarezine (in Dutch)

01 November 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Full Album Stream: START FROM SCRATCH!

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.

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Heleen Tichelaar says

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

Lyrics

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

Liner Notes

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!

25 October 2010 ~ 5 Comments

New Album Stream ep. 11: Classic Themes Never Get Old

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.

Skip to: Special Guest / Lyrics / Liner Notes

No Reason Records says

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!

Lyrics

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

Liner Notes

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.