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Timeshares (indie punk - US)
http://timeshares.bandcamp.com/ 

To portray Timeshares as anything more than four friends playing passionate, sincere punk-rock would be a waste of words. “We became friends through music,” says Mike Natoli, the band's bassist, “and have been involved with music in all kinds of configurations—in separate bands, in bands together, and so on. Two years ago we started Timeshares together and it feels awesome.”
So, when these four friends from Downstate New York found themselves facing a couple of particularly “shitty years”, as guitarist Jon Hernandez put it, he united with drummer Eric Bedell, guitarist Jay Mosher and bassist Mike Natoli to write and record Bearable, the band's first full-length. Co-released on vinyl and digital formats by Kind of Like Records and Kiss of Death Records, Bearable is an exhibition of honest songwriting. Each song's lyrics capture the reality of its subject regardless of connotation. “There were conversations about whether or not we should shoe-horn in a positive ending to a song that felt negative,” Hernandez explains. In the end, though, true expression prevailed. “If we don't know the positive spin on a subject,” he continues, “then there's no reason to write it.” 

Sincerity is important to Timeshares, which is why they record their music in their own studio, design and print their own t-shirts, and book their own tours. The band’s studio, run by Natoli and Hernandez, has been home to bands such as Spraynard, Sundials, Cattle Drums and more. Natoli admits that some of their DIY ethic emerges out of necessity. “The only way we've known is to do this sort of stuff for ourselves,” he reveals. “Money is tight, and we have to make this work with what we have.” But the results of this DIY mindset are remarkable; the same sort of honesty that saturates their songwriting is equally evident in everything that the band does—including Bearable, which expresses the unrestrained, relentless, and no-nonsense energy that Timeshares exhibits onstage.

This honest songwriting—and its honest presentation in Bearable—couldn't be possible if it weren't for the honest friendship at its foundation. “We are really good friends,” Natoli concludes. “We all get into tough spots, but when we get together and our dynamic is in full swing, it all washes away, whether it's the first day of a tour or a Sunday afternoon practice.” It may seem suspiciously simple—even naive—that friendship and honesty are the only ingredients needed to produce passionate music, but Timeshares proves the power behind it.

Antillectual (punk rock - NL)

http://antillectual.com/

Antillectual from Nijmegen, the Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock.

2013's "Perspectives & Objectives" is Antillectual's 4th album. This album shows the band's evolution towards more compact, serious yet accessible songs and messages. A worldwide release followed by more worldwide touring.

In 2005 Antillectual started releasing albums and touring. Ever since, the band has perfected the romantic idea of being a touring band into a routine that is carried out with full dedication. In the last 6 years Antillectual has played their energetic, inspiring live set 700+ times in 20+ countries.

“Passionate”, “melodic”, “energetic”; a wide range of references is used to describe Antillectual's sound. With a sound firmly rooted in the combustible, dynamic punk of the '90's skate scene while incorporating hints of modern emo, orgcore and even metal, the band’s sound is very distinctive. What defines that sound is a sense of urgency that resonates in everything they do.

“If you want to achieve something, work as hard as you can”. In short, that is Antillectual’s epigram. Rooted in the Do It Yourself culture, the band approaches their cause professionally, both on and off stage, proving that DIY is not synonymous to unprofessional. On the contrary!

With raving reviews in their pocket, Antillectual are well on their way to get their music heard, in new territories, by new people, and not the least by the fan base the band has carefully built up. 


 

 

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