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Tenement Kids
We've All Been Down

Label: Crucial Attack

  • LP 11,90
After the totally awesome debut Ep 'Doves' and contributing great a compositions to the Glory Days compilation and Leatherface tribute... the Tenement Kids are back with their first full length effort named We've All Been Down. And what a record it is!

Crucial Attack Records is proud to announce that we're going to release the vinyl version of this record, coming on 160 grams vinyl in a thick gatefold sleeve. The 11 new songs are recorded by Nico van Monfort and show that the Tenement Kids steadily grown into a mature band playing the music they love in a wide spectrum of punk and rock music. The CD version is coming on the great Belgian label Funtime Records. LP comes in gatefold cover and white vinyl!

Here's the story of the Tenement Kids, written by a friend of the band for all those people that don't know them yet:

'Tenement Kids are one of those bands that simply exist to make good music and not out there to go for gold. What, if anything could the music industry, completely overrun by mediocrity and greed, use more of right now?

Founded in 2005 in a scene that was dominated by short, loud and fast hardcore punk bands, the Tenement Kids immediately stood out. The passionately played mixture of multiple rock and punk era's on their demo tape (recorded in bassist Tims dorm room) was a welcome change of scenery for many. At least it was to me. I remember very clearly how singer Gijs Wilbrink slipped me that particular tape at a show in Arnhem, The Netherlands. I was completely taken by surprise when I put it in my home stereo some hours later; this music was very good, very promising. I loved it.

In January 2007, they dropped their amazing 'Doves' EP. The record stirred the European underground scene and helped them to get gigs all over Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany. I watched the band grow and followed them closely. But as aware as I was of the direction the band was going, even I was speechless when I heard two new songs they had recorded with producer Menno Bakker (NRA, Undeclinable Ambuscade) in the summer of 2007. These songs - contributions to the Angry Youth Records 'Glory Days' compilation and a Leatherface tribute album released by Rubber Factory Records - were truly something else. They proved that this band is capable of creating much more than music: they started to move people. I could feel that the band was truly on to something and it was exciting as hell.

I would not be disappointed. In May 2008 they teamed up with the Netherlands' most promising young punk producer Nico van Montfort (Brat Pack, Antillectual, New Morality) to record their debut full length album 'We've all been down'. When I first listened to the 11 songs on my advance copy of their latest effort, I realized that Tenement Kids take no prisoners and will exponentially reach and move more and more people in the near future. The music and lyrics on this album are some of the strongest I've heard in ages and it echoes the love for music from each band member.
There is 40 years of music history to be found in the sound of this band. I'd like to think that the Tenement Kids were already born before Gijs, Bert, Tim and Martijn saw the light of day. Whether it's the sixties with The Kinks and The Byrds, the seventies with The Adverts and Stiff Little Fingers, the eighties with Embrace, Joy Division and U2, the nineties with Therapy?, Alice in Chains and Jawbreaker or this millennium with Hot Water Music and Against Me!. Each decade had its effect on the Tenement Kids. Not to mention their years of playing in punk rock and hardcore bands, which account for the band's right attitude. An attitude we don't see very often in modern music or the people who are involved in it.

But all promotional talk and comparisons aside, what it all comes down to is the simple fact that I fell right in love with this band the first second I heard them. And so should everyone else. If the music industry is so completely overrun by mediocrity and greed, there's not a better way to get saved than by the sound something true every once in a while. Good music. Honest music. Something like the Tenement Kids. We've all been down. Music saves.'

Song Titles

  • The Question's Always Easies (Than the Pain)
  • Let it rain, let it roar
  • Sliding down
  • Soul
  • Stampeding cattle
  • Healthy skeptic
  • Quit playing them strings
  • Come Walzing
  • Days of stainless steel
  • Something takes a part of me
  • East