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"You can't beat Dutch growly indie pop at it's best."

Incendiarymag.co.uk (august 2008)
AC Berkheimer - In a series of long days -- You can't beat Dutch growly indie pop at it's best. The problem with Dutch indie rock lies with it not always being a genre that lives up to its vast potential. Too many near misses, too little confidence, too much reliance in staying with an unremarkable pack. Still, when a band gets things right, there is something very appealling about the whole shebang; this is a scene shorn of all the pompous wannabe-isms of UK or US counterparts. And usually Groningen's Subroutine records are adept at finding great, interesting acts from this most lumpen of genres. AC Berkheimer's release is certainly one of the better efforts, that's for sure.
There's a great feeling of calm about AC Berkheimer's muse, however worked up they get they never lose a sense of the ethereal. Check out Ordinary Days. Maybe it's that boy-girl thing. Balancing this out at times, there's a sense of meance in tracks like Under Arcade 24, (which doesn't half remind me of an Isn't Anything rehearsal tape I once had). And it's a record full of unlooked for twists and turns. It certainly doesn't go from A to B in a dull way. The unremarkable guitar lines on For He's Not There belies the brilliant vocal delivery and chorus that catches you totally unawares.
I also like the quiet tip-tap drumming; its metronomic and ever so slightly trippy, like the Floyd with Barrett, it's job is to keep time and stop things getting too gushy or splurgy. Check out Isah. That's not to say it doesn't splurge out; So Much For and the stunning Grand Hotel is classic 90-91 guitar pop, Lush style.
If this lot were British they'd be Amsterdam's darlings. Typical Holland.
- Words: Richard Foster
- Incendiarymag.co.uk


"In a series of long days"

AC Berkheimer -- Oh, we've been waiting for a few days to unleash this one on you. It really doesn't get much better than an easy writeup of a band this good... and we only needed to return to our friends in the Netherlands, Subroutine Records, to make it happen. AC Berkheimer is the indie rock quartet of Gwendolien (guitar, vocals), Valentijn (guitar, vocals), Dagmar (bass, vocals) and Remco (drums) from Rotterdam. The band has been around since 2005 and now has a brand new release, titled In A Series Of Long Days, which can be purchased by visiting the above mentioned links as well as the AC Berkheimer website or the AC Berkheimer MySpace profile. The following tracks belong to this outstanding new offering and don't be surprised if you hear anything from Superchunk (in the guitars) to some of the dreamy musical influences we love so much from the early to mid 1990s. - Milk Milk Lemonade (june 2008)


"AC Berkheimer - In a series of long days"

My Bloody Valentine is weer bij elkaar en shoegazen mag weer. Het Rotterdamse AC Berkheimer (twee dames en twee heren) stapt gelijk in met dit debuutalbum. Al ligt de shoegaze er ook weer niet zó dik bovenop. AC Berkheimer maakt dromerige pop voorgegeven met een ruimtelijk gitaargeluid. Door de verveelde zang van Gwendolien Douglas doet de band wat denken aan Lush en Slowdive, maar in de verte ook wel aan jaren-tachtig wave en hedendaagse depripop als Interpol. In a Series of Long Days luistert lekker weg, maar kent niet echt prijsnummers. Vanaf opener For He's Not There kom je terecht in een warm gitaarbad waarin het prima toeven is, zonder dat de afzonderlijke songs je écht bij de keel grijpen. Dat gezegd hebbende: het album verveelt niet snel. AC Berkheimer creëert een dromerige en melancholische sfeer waarbij het lekker wegzweven is. Het geluid en de stijl zijn helemaal af, het songmateriaal is degelijk maar mag nog wel wat prikkelender. Al met al een heel aardig en veelbelovend debuut.
- John Denekamp - Oor magazine (august 2008) (dutch)


Discography

2006 - 4 track ep -
2008 - In a series of long days - Subroutine records

Songs that have had airplay or can be listened to on various stations/websites

Ordinary Days / Montana / Another Century / Isah /

Myspace.com/acberkheimer
Last.fm/music/acberkheimer

We've had airplay on 3voor12.nl
http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/tom_robinsons_introducing/

www.ok-bremen.de Some Velvet Morning Radio

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AC Berkheimer is a Rotterdam, the Netherlands, based quartet formed in mid 2005. They combine fuzzy, guitars with eerie singing and
according to Incendiarymag,com they would be Amsterdams darlings if they hadn't been Dutch..but they are..so with a fanbase outside the Netherlands growing rapidly its time to focus on the rest of World.

The band released a 4-track EP in April 2006 and played across the Netherlands at Vera, Bitterzoet, Waterfront, 't Paard, Rotown and were invited to perform at The Music In My Head festival and the ZXZW festival. In the spring of 2007 AC Berkheimer was 'Hollandse Nieuwe' at VPRO's 3voor12.nl and the band teamed up with producer Corno Zwetsloot to create a first full length album.
In May 2008 they were signed by a small independent record label, Subroutine and their debut album ‘In a series of long days’ saw the light of day in June 2008. It was presented in a sold out Rotown, Rotterdam.
In a series of long days is in stores now or can be ordered through www.subroutine.nl.
They're currently working on new material to be released in the spring/summer of 2010.