There’s a reason we talk about Muncie Girls so much and it’s because of shows like this. Taking to Download’s fourth stage, the band’s scratched punk is in the minority but they swiftly kick the door down and make themselves at home.
“It’s so lovely that you’re all here,” beams Lande. “Is it raining or something ‘cos there’s loads of you here?” but, with the sky the clearest they’ve been for a while, the crowd are here for something else. Something more than shelter. And Muncie Girls deliver.
The band may swap glances of disbelief inbetween their rousing bedroom anthems but this is a set, and a band, to believe in. Energetic, dynamic and full of heart, Muncie Girls prove that you don’t have to shout to be heard. From a sweeping ‘Gone With The Wind’, through the dancing ‘Kaspar and Randow’ until a confident, pointed ‘Gas Mark 4’ the band are simply stunning throughout.
And they’re growing in confidence. A flourish here, a smirk there, Muncie Girls are quickly learning that it’s not just themselves that adore these songs. Introducing ‘Learn Is School’ as “about how we don’t get taught politics in school and that would have been really useful recently,” before taking a stand, “I know you don’t want to hear about it because it’s really boring but staying in the EU is really important,” the band are really finding their voice. From the cheers of support to the people mouthing, singing and screaming along, it’s a voice that resonates and it’s only getting louder.