Muncie Girls - Norwich February 2017
|Genres||Punk Rock, Indie Rock|
|Labels||Specialist Subject Records|
Muncie Girls is a British punk rock band formed in Exeter in 2010. It is made up of Lande Hekt (bass, rhythm guitar, vocals), Dean McMullen (lead guitar), and Luke Ellis (drums). They have several releases, including two full length albums From Caplan to Belsize (2016) and Fixed Ideals (2018), on hometown label Specialist Subject Records and have toured internationally.
Lande Hekt and Dean McMullen formed Muncie Girls in 2010 while attending Exeter College. They played their first gigs at the Cavern Club, their local rock venue, and became very involved in the underground DIY Punk scene. The band put on their own shows, as well as fundraising events, and Hekt started a music workshop for women under the name 'School of Frock'. Ellis joined in 2012, solidifying the lineup.
After releasing two EPs on hometown label Specialist Subject Records in 2012 and 2013, the label released their debut album From Caplan To Belsize on 4 March 2016, recorded at The Ranch in Southampton.
The title of which is a reference to ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath. It references the two asylums the book’s protagonist is kept in, and is used to represent the idea of the album being a journey.
Following the album, the band toured internationally including support slots with Taking Back Sunday, Frank Iero (of My Chemical Romance), Los Campesinos!, The Wonder Years, and Such Gold. They played Glastonbury Festival and appeared with Billy Bragg on the Left Field Stage as well as Reading and Leeds Festivals, Groezrock and SXSW.
On 13th June 2018 the band announced their second LP Fixed Ideals (another Plath reference) with a video for lead single "Picture of Health". Hekt described the new collection as some of the most personal songs she'd written, with a diverse range of influences, such as The Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Popguns and The Pastels. The release date for the album is 31st August 2018.
- From Caplan To Belsize - Specialist Subject Records (UK) / Uncle M Music (EU) / Animal Style Records (US) 12" LP, CD, MP3 (2016)
- Fixed Ideals - Specialist Subject Records (UK) / Buzz Records(US) / Lost Boy (AUS) 12" LP, CD, MP3 (2018)
- Revolution Summer - Specialist Subject Records, CD, MP3 (2012)
- Sleepless - Specialist Subject Records, CD, MP3 (2013)
- Split with Great Cynics - Specialist Subject Records, 12" EP, MP3 (2014)
- Split with Sandlotkids - Uncle M Music, 7", MP3 (2013)
- Picture of Health - Specialist Subject Records, 7", MP3 (2018)
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