Photo by Katherine Marks
Photo by Katherine Marks for the NY Times

Beloved Binge’s move to NYC and apartment-hunt was featured in Sunday’s “The Hunt,” a long-standing column in the New York Times.

 

10 Year Bandiversary Photo by Kim Gray Photography

 

Latest release: Never, the end EP

Recorded in Athens, Greece, Beloved Binge’s 2016 ep Never, the end is available for purchase digitally through itunes or Bandcamp.  There are a few limited edition Garfield bookmarks available with download codes for the entire ep. Email us for options.

Never, the end EP

Press for Never, the end

Creative Loafing: Beloved Binge of Connectivity

Independent Weekly: The duo’s last show before leaving Durham

 

Media for prior releases contains (in order):

Links to our songs, Pockets press, video, audio, discography, photos for download,  bio, and press clips.

 

Recent tour press for Beloved Binge:

Drunken Werewolf blog (Bristol, UK)

Indioteque: Beloved Binge в 5 песни (Sofia, Bulgaria)

iNews Οι Beloved Binge live στο Ρομάντσο (Athens, Greece)

Charlotte Loafing alt-weekly (Charlotte, NC) “Beloved Binge of Connectivity

 

Reviews of Pockets:

Full reviews

Interviews / Blogs

    • Shuffle Magazine: Beloved Binge talk despair and celebration
    • The MillGimme 5, Beloved Binge
    • Gimme Tinnitus: Not posted mix
    • ScrinkAn affecting, indulgent album from Beloved Binge
    • Fuzzy LogicSounds of Hopscotch: “I’ve found myself instantly smitten with their mix of sweetly wry jangle and artsy quirkiness, keeping it real whilst also keeping it fun.”

Radio

  • WXDU:  Top 99 NC releases, #26 and top 100 all releases: “How completely joyous was this record?  Another 2012 local favorite.”  –Andrew Bellemer, DJ
  • See list of 40+ stations that added Pockets below

Excerpts

“The spirit of the band is still playful, even as it tackles weighty themes…Pockets is Beloved Binge’s fullest-sounding and most confident record to date.” Bryan Reed, Independent Weekly

“…a fun pop record that delivers hook after singable hook… Carrboro Ninja blog

Pockets is a tremendous record.” —Hannah Levinson, Shuffle Magazine

“These two tackle drums and guitar with energetic arrangements and a delightful sense of play.” Ashley Melzer, The Mill, from feature on Beloved Binge “Gimme 5.”  

“Reminiscent of groups like the Moldy Peaches, [Beloved Binge adds] a humorous touch to lyrics that might seem dark otherwise.  Beloved Binge pulls out lighthearted pop-punk jams with its fourth studio album, Pockets.  It will certainly leave listeners with plenty of catchy riffs to get stuck in their heads.”   Daily Tar Heel, Diversions

“Their latest album Pockets is quite an emotional journey. The music is something to indulge in, it’s not meant to be a fleeting moment on your stereo.” —Scrink blog

Videos

STPP festival in DC, Unification of + and –

Little “Rob” Riding Hood featured on Hello, Hi

Love song to Curiosity Space Rover

10 year Bandiversary celebration video featuring Decades

Pockets

Thank you video for Pockets

Vegan X-Mas
ComScore

Songs

Songs from all releases can be found here on Bandcamp.
ComScore

 

Discography

From 2004-2014.

Pockets, 2012

 

Blender Theory, 2008
Blender Theory, 2008
Other Places, 2006
Other Places, 2006
Beloved Binge debut albu
Beloved Binge debut, 2004

 

Photos

Photos for download (note credits).

To access full-sized photos, click the image thumbnail, then click the resulting small image.

 

Bio

Behind Beloved Binge

Beloved Binge plays rubble pop rooted in a punk pot with a hint of old Greek village mountain uprising, interpreted through traditional rock-n-roll drum-guitar-bass-keys arrangements, and boy-girl harmonies with a sprinkling of bouzouki.

Activity

Beloved Binge began in 2003 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill following a six-month trip and hiatus from their previous band. Beloved Binge performed at Graceland, I-Spy, Sit & Spin, and more while in Seattle, then released their debut album, Beloved Binge, with friend and engineer Scott Waite on bass. In 2005 they moved to Durham, NC because it’s closer to Greece , packed full of musicians and culture, and causes less weather-related deaths.

As a duo, Beloved Binge toured in 2006 for the first time, an experience which facilitated Eleni penning the human-loved song “Miso: I don’t like people.” Subsequent tours were more favorable, and for a year from 2008 – 2009 Beloved Binge toured all over the nation in a Westfalia camper van with their dog Syba and Eleni’s documentary Seeing Through the Fence. This resulted in over 25 news articles about their DIY tour.

The 2009 tour was cut short when Eleni’s best friend and father died unexpectedly in Greece. After a trip back to the memorial, Beloved Binge continued to tour in 2010 and played a SXSW movie premiere afterparty. In September 2011 Beloved Binge recorded their 4th album (to be released Fall 2012 as Pockets) on the two- year anniversary of Eleni’s father’s death, then played a Hopscotch Day party the next day. Beloved Binge continue to perform around the Triangle, NC in 2012.

Beloved Binge are Rob Beloved (guitar, low-voice singing, drums), Eleni Binge (drums, high-voice singing, guitar, bouzouki, keys), and Mike Wright (bass).

Press

Live show

From Shrieking Shack Shows (Lexington, KT):
“this was an awesome show–how much talent can you squeeze into a 2 piece–he plays guitar, she sings, plays keyboards, and plays the drum kit–catchy songs that stick in your head for days–now they are a pop band–but with that cool indie garage ethic–”

Bryan Reed, Independent Weekly (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC):
“Sitting behind the drumkit, Binge not only sets the rhythm but sings, plays keyboards and plays guitar. Like her own motion, Beloved Binge songs are busy, using shifting rhythm and keys and two different verses sometimes sung at once.”

From One Base on an Overthrow (Connecticut Blog):
“Toy xylophones as instruments, playing drums and keyboards at the same time, banging on guitar strings like a percussion instrument…on this particular night it agreed with me fine, especially the blown-out Dinosaur Jr. part in “Married on Myspace” and the minimalist indie rock throb of “Miso (I Don’t Like People)”– ‘I don’t like people, but still, I’m trying.'”

Pockets era

Early reviews of Pockets

“The spirit of the band is still playful, even as it tackles weighty themes…Pockets is Beloved Binge’s fullest-sounding and most confident record to date.” Bryan Reed, Independent Weekly

“…a fun pop record that delivers hook after singable hook… Carrboro Ninja blog

“These two tackle drums and guitar with energetic arrangements and a delightful sense of play.” Ashley Melzer, The Mill, from feature on Beloved Binge “Gimme 5.”  

“Reminiscent of groups like the Moldy Peaches, [Beloved Binge adds] a humorous touch to lyrics that might seem dark otherwise.  Beloved Binge pulls out lighthearted pop-punk jams with its fourth studio album, Pockets.  It will certainly leave listeners with plenty of catchy riffs to get stuck in their heads.”   Daily Tar Heel, Diversions

 

Blender Theory era

Jersey Beat (NJ):
“Beloved Binge nailed it: Twisted, lo-fi indie homage with just enough mad science and tongue-in-cheek irony…The band services up a stereophonic celebration of jangly off-kilter guitars in the vein of They Might Be Giants, The Flying Lizards, B-52’s, etc., that accent tight, catchy little pop songs that, at first, seem simple; but repeated listenings reveal the band’s wicked humor, and their amazing less-is-more approach.”

Colorado Springs Independent (Reverb) (Colorado Springs, CO):
” …upbeat, stripped-down and muffed-out indie-pop rock. Taking turns strumming, humming and drumming (while swiping pages from the K Records playbook) Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge conjure up happy memories of indie rock’s fun-loving and far less pretentious past…”

Chris Conti of the Providence Phoenix (Providence, RI):
“An amalgamated blast of lo-fi and fuzzy Garage rock with a twist or two or three, Blender Theory defies description for the most part, and ain’t that a good thing nowadays? The opening track “(Got) Married on Myspace” bobs and weaves from jangly pop to something akin to a Sleater-Kinney B-side with some seriously strange breaks in between. “decoy” and “Heartburn” belong on your summer playlist…”

Duluth Budgeteer (Duluth, MN):
“With a sound as infectious as this, Beloved Binge can keep on singing about Lordonlyknowswhat and people will still be listening…..What’s most striking about this album, however, is that no matter how absurd the lyrics get…the more you want to listen.”

VivaIndieBlog (North Carolina Blog):
“Intelligent, inventive, amusing…”

New Haven Advocate (New Haven, CT):
“Minamalist weird guy/girl duo Beloved Binge [are] a fun and goofy outfit…”

Chris Parker, Independent Weekly (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC):
“Catch BELOVED BINGE, too: Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge hit the road soon for a year, and, in the Durham duo’s absence, we’ll lose a K Records/ Teen Beat blend of generous hooks and captivating quirks. Songs about MySpace couples come backed with the struggle to like people, and shifting time signatures springboard from trebly, staccato riffs.”

Feature in the Olympian (Olympia, WA)

Grayson Currin, Music Editor, Independent Weekly (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC):
“Eleni Binge’s time shifts behind the drum kit and Rob Beloved’s serpentine-note guitar lines suggest a certain affinity for math rock. But perfection and precision are subsumed by an overarching playfulness.”

The Hartford Advocate (Hartford, CT):
“Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge create a full and fun electric sound, sharing guitar, drums, and vocals duty.”

Ross Grady, trianglerock.com (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC):
“The countdown is on…all the pieces are falling into place for their year-long tour starting this fall. See ’em while you can, because you know you’re gonna miss their off-kilter gtr/drums call-and-response artrock.”

Other Places era

The Independent Weekly:
“Beloved Binge “delivers plain-spoken, pensive songs…downright thrilling for those on the receiving end…”

David Menconi, News and Observer, from Critic’s Picks:
“…it’s nice to have Seattle’s transplanted Beloved Binge…in our midst. On “Other Places”…the tandem of Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge play stripped-down punk rock that doesn’t feel thin, combining the howling abandon of Sleater-Kinney with a very fine attention to poppy detail…”

Currents:
“The melodies are simple, the sound a stealthy mix of guitar, drums, plucky vocals, and a little bouzouki (traditional Greek stringed instrument), but the resulting songs of Durham duo/couple Beloved Binge…are scrumptious treats.”

Independent Weekly, from Music Worth Leaving the House For:
“If Lee Ranaldo and Fontaine Toups had wed, Beloved Binge …would have been their Teen Beat babies.”

Diversions:
“Beloved Binge…brought with them a sound that is as rooted in Northwestern lo-fi pop…as it is in East Coast (specifically D.C.) punk…[and] succeed in creating varied songs…the band can…craft a catchy melody, but also knows when to step on the distortion pedal.”

The Raleigh Hatchet:
“…a truly unique duo. Right off, the delightful spin of “New Year” is “Faces,” which features Eleni’s talent for balancing vocal harmony and power. It also shows the knack Beloved Binge has for transitioning into completely different rhythms flawlessly…”

Independent Weekly:
“Like wonderful Chicago co-eds The Spinanes, Beloved Binge hustles through minimal guitar-and-drum pop obsessed with sparseness, space and sear. But they do it with the gumption of 764-Hero and, occasionally, the enthusiastic bluster of Sonic Youth.”

 

Other Press 

Eleni Binge interviewed for Herald-Sun article about Marry Durham festival that Beloved Binge performed at on 3/17/2012.

Eleni Binge interviewed for Independent Weekly article on her annual vegan Thanksgiving Record Party.

For non-BB press see Porch Life Productions, Eleni and Rob Beloved’s company that represents Beloved Binge and creates/produces documentaries, and Triangle Meatless Monday, which Eleni helps organize/manage.

 

Radio stations playing Pockets

Here are some stations playing Pockets.  Feel free to request songs from the album at your local station.  If your station is not playing Pockets, we’d be happy to send them a copy.  Let us know or have them get in touch with us here.

  • www.chuo.fm
  • www.kbrp.org
  • http://www.kcsb.org/
  • www.kcss.net
  • www.kdhx.org
  • http://www.khsu.org/
  • http://www.knon.org/
  • www.kspc.org
  • www.ktuh.org
  • www.kucr.rg
  • http://kups.tumblr.com/
  • http://www.radio1190.org/
  • www.kvrx.org
  • http://radio.wfu.edu/
  • http://wbwc.com/
  • www.weft.org
  • www.wicb.org
  • http://witr.rit.edu/
  • www.wmnf.org
  • www.wmua.org
  • www.wncw.org
  • www.wruv.org
  • www.wuog.org
  • www.wvfs.fsu.edu
  • http://www.wvkr.org/
  • http://www.wwuh.org/
  • http://www.wxjm.org/
  • http://www.wxjm.org/
  • http://www.radioaggieland.com/
  • http://www.usu.edu/asusu/usuradio/
  • http://www.cfre.org/
  • http://www.kdur.org/
  • http://kfai.org/
  • http://www.kopn.org/
  • http://www.koto.org/
  • http://www.kumd.org/
  • http://kuws.fm/
  • http://www.wdom913.com/
  • http://www.wesufm.org/
  • http://wgls.rowan.edu/
  • www.wkdu.org
  • http://www.wnhu.net/
  • http://www.rollins.edu/wprk/
  • http://www.uwosh.edu/wrst/
  • http://www.893wumd.org/
  • www.wunh.org
  • http://www.wvud.org/
  • http://wxac.squarespace.com/
  • www.wxdu.org