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""Other Places" Review, 2007"

“Beloved Binge…delivers plain-spoken, pensive songs spackled together with spare guitar and drums. They embody some of that ‘getting shit off your chest’ joie de vivre that sounds not just therapeutic for the performer, but downright thrilling for those on the receiving end. You probably recognize this as a Pacific Northwest ethos from bands on Kill Rock Stars and K.
“Similarly, Beloved Binge excels when pointed and propulsive, knocking out stripped-down punk dissonance in mid-tempo stabs... and sudden tempo changes, though capable of distraction, ultimately add spice. When they casually riff on tracks like "Stuck," Eleni chiming in conversational tone, it's all rag-tag charm..." --Chris Toenes - Independent Weekly


""Other Places" Review, Critic's Picks"

"You can never have too many good guitar/drum duos around, so it's nice to have Seattle's transplanted Beloved Binge (who moved to Durham last year) in our midst. On "Other Places" (Independent Artists Alliance), 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." --David Menconi - News & Observer


""Other Places" Review, 2007"

“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.” --Bryan Reed - Daily Tar Heel, Diversions


""Other Places" Review, 2007"

“…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." --St. Claire - The Raleigh Hatchet


""Music to Leave the House For""

7/06: “If Lee Ranaldo and Fontaine Toups had wed, Beloved Binge…would have been their Teen Beat babies.” --Grayson Currin, Music Editor

10/06: "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." –Grayson Currin, Music Editor

Other dates Beloved Binge's show was in the "Music to Leave the House For" Category:
1/10/07, 4/5/07, 4/18/07, 5/16/07, 5/23/07. - Independent Weekly


"Interview, 2007"

Beloved Binge was one of the few bands selected for an interview with Encore Magazine to highlight their WE Festival performance:

http://www.encorepub.com/beloved.htm
- Encore Magazine


"Interview, 2007"

Beloved Binge was interviewed in the Daily Tar Heel about their band and the music community (page 6):

http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper885/documents/817o72op.pdf - Daily Har Heel


""Beloved Binge Indulges Wilmington One More Time." (2007)"

By Shawna Kenney,
Star-News Correspondent

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 - who play Bella Festa June 9 after a recent date at WE Fest - are scrumptious treats.

Eleni Binge and Rob Beloved met seven years ago, forming a relationship and a band a year later, then moved from Seattle to Durham in 2005 while searching for somewhere "cheaper and less rainy," Beloved said.

"And when everyone said, 'Don't move to Durham,' that made it even better!" Binge said with a laugh.

It's that willingness to work together against the grain that makes each of their subtle songs a surprise - tunes just as likely to make you dance as make you think. The press has compared them to the Spinanes and Sleater-Kinney, but elements of The Evens, Sonic Youth or John Lennon and Yoko Ono's work seep through as well. The couple's vegan politics turn up in the lyrics occasionally, but so does silliness like the cuts Greek Turkish Coffee and Got Married on MySpace.

Beloved Binge's new CD, Other Places, is available on iTunes, at CDbaby.com, and at their Bella Festa show. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. June 9, at Bella Festa, 127 Princess St., downtown Wilmington. $7. 251-2688 or www.myspace.com/bellafesta.


http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/NEWS/706070309/1050/currents&template=currents
- Currents


Discography

1st self-titled release, 2003, "Beloved Binge."

2nd release, June 2006, "Other Places."

"Other Places" is receiving airplay on WXDU, where it was voted #11 of the top 63 releases of 2006, as well as WKNC, WCOM, WPRB, and on several podcasts.

Tracks receiving the most airplay are "Faces," "Candyland," "Ossuary," and "Stuck."

Beloved Binge has performed on WXDU, WKNC, WXOJ, and WCHL, and will be performing on WUAG and interviewed on WCOM in June.

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Bio

ELENI grew up around classical musicians singing x-mas music harmonies with her mother on long trips to California. On Dad-Day Sundays she listened to old Greek songs in a van played from an ash-covered tape recorder.

ROB picked up a guitar at 11 and grew up listening to Metallica, Joy Division, the Beatles and the Doors, which explains his uncanny ability to sing “Riders in the Storm” at karaoke bars.

Beloved Binge formed in Seattle in 2003 and relocated to Durham, North Carolina in October 2005. Beloved Binge are active in their community and recently co-organized the first annual Duo-Fest, an all-day event featuring 15 regional two-pieces from all genres.

"Other Places" was recorded at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta, GA. Their engineer was such an analog-enthusiast that the computer in the console booth had to be removed before he arrived to avoid disturbing him.

"Other Places" is an amalgamation of songs written during Beloved Binge’s transformation from one lifestyle to another, simpler variety.