Upset faves Muncie Girls are back with a new album - vocalist Lande Hekt gives us the low-down on their second full-length.
1. Vocalist and bassist Lande Hekt is on six strings this time around
“I write our songs on guitar, and as much as I love playing bass, it’s always felt a bit weird. I’ve wanted to move onto guitar for years now, and I’m so excited! I just need to get one of those flying v guitars then I’m good to go.”
2. The title is inspired by Sylvia Plath
“I wanted to call the record ‘Perfume, Politics and Fixed Ideals’ from a Sylvia Plath poem, but it seemed like a bit of a mouthful. But that long title somehow sums up the themes of the record so I’ll think of 'Fixed Ideals' as a nickname. I have a tattoo from this poem as well!”
3. The artwork was inspired by a Zizzi’s pudding
“After ages of trying to come up with an idea for the artwork, I just drew this moon and stars out of nowhere. Then I remembered! The day before I’d been at Zizzi’s with my sister. I had this pudding calzone served on a dark blue plate with honeycomb all over it, and it looked exactly like a crescent moon and stars! Delicious.”
4. We recorded 19 songs all in one go, and it was a stupid idea
“We absolutely love the record that we made, but recording 19 songs all in one go when it’s the first time you’ve recorded as a four-piece and there are only three of you, isn’t a very wise move. I thought I wasn’t gonna be able to finish it and I was gonna have to go home with half a record, two enemies and grey hair. But we did finish it! We picked 13 of the 19 songs, and it was (probably) all worthwhile. And only half my hair went grey!”
5. Muncie Girls will be touring the UK after its release
“Although last year we went to America and Australia and this year we went to Japan; we haven’t toured in the UK recently. After the record comes out at the end of August, we’re gonna be playing as many shows as poss, and we can’t wait! Having a break from touring always seems like a good idea when you’re tired and smelly and have been on the road for ages, but when it actually happens it’s rubbish! Hurry up, September."
6. ‘Fixed Ideals’ is coming out on Specialist Subject Records (UK) and Buzz Records (Can)
"We’re super excited to work with our best pals Specialist Subject again and to be working with our new pals over at Buzz Records in Canada! It’s really hard to find labels that: A. understand what you’re trying to do, and B. have other bands we like on their roster. We feel incredibly lucky to have two of those releasing this record!"
Taken from the August issue of Upset. Muncie Girls' album 'Fixed Ideals' is out 31st August.
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