"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." GC, Independent Weekly, October 2006
“…it's nice to have Seattle's transplanted Beloved Binge (who moved to Durham last year) 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…” -- David Menconi, News and Observer, from Critic’s Picks, On the Best Rock & More, 1/12/07.
Cast of Characters:
Rob Beloved: Guitar, Vocals, Drumset / / Eleni Binge: Guitar, Vocals, Drumset, Bouzouki, Hammond Organ, Pretend Goat Toes.
Before Beloved Binge:
Eleni grew up around classical musicians singing x-mas music harmonies with her mother on long trips to California. According to her mother, she sang “Frère Jacques” at age 3. 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 promptly learned every Metallica song available. He grew up listening to the Beatles and the Doors, which explains his uncanny ability to sing “Riders in the Storm” at karaoke bars.
About the album, Other Places:
Other Places was recorded at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta, GA. Other Places is an amalgamation of songs written during Beloved Binge’s transformation from one lifestyle to another, simpler variety.
Beloved Binge is motivated by those willing to strip down to nothing and flash them what’s inside. They also want to help reduce suffering brought on by modern agriculture.
Beloved Binge has returned from their tour of the Northeast US and Greece in support of their new release Other Places. Check current show/tour dates here: www.myspace.com/belovedbinge.
“If Lee Ranaldo and Fontaine Toups had wed, Beloved Binge ...would have been their Teen Beat babies.” –Indy Weekly, from Music Worth Leaving the House For, 7/2/06.