Label: Specialist Subject Records
Released: 4th March 2016
Muncie Girls aren’t one for grand, sweeping statements so allow us. Their debut album ‘From Caplan To Belsize’ is one of the most vital albums of the year. From the scene setting welcome of ‘Learn In School’ to the wistful freedom of ‘Red Balloon’ and beyond, into the darker recesses of ‘Gas Mark 4’ the band are charming yet challenging.
Throughout the record there’s an outsider mentality that explores the band’s view of where they fit into the grander scheme of things. Turns out the answer is with one another. Unafraid to take on the world, the record tackles everything from free healthcare, sexism, and anxiety to heartbreak and uncertainty about their own future. Bedroom confessionals are set against a wider worldview provoking conversation and making the record utterly engaging.
‘Gone With The Wind’ balances blue-skied daydreams of escape with the stark grounding of reality while ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ is frustrated yet buoyant. ‘From Caplan to Belsize’ sees the band breaking new ground and constantly moving yet always staying in control.
Muncie Girls aren’t here to preach or dictate how you should be living their life though. Lent against the potent subject matter is a sense of excitement, a decadent flourish of punk vibrancy and unwavering hope. Entertainment and issues. ‘Learn in School’ sees the band refusing to be intimidated while ‘No Recording’ stands tall and defiant, taking Muncie Girls’ gang mentality and welcoming you in. Yes, the world might be a terrible place at times but together, there’s a chance for real change.
‘From Caplan to Belsize’ sees Muncie Girls find their voice and, at the same time, so does a generation. Ali Shutler