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Feature

Muncie Girls: "There might be some real surprises"

We couldn’t be more excited for Muncie Girls’ new ‘un if we tried - and thankfully, there isn’t long to wait...
Published: 2:39 pm, December 08, 2017
Muncie Girls: "There might be some real surprises"
[vc_row][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text]Muncie Girls went into their debut album confused and a little lost. "I don't know how anyone else does an album, but we were perplexed," Lande Hekt told us just before the release of ‘From Caplan to Belsize'. "How do you get this many songs together?"

The ragtag trio, Dean McMullen, Luke Ellis and Lande made it work though. Ten tracks that dealt with feeling lost, alone, fucked off and confused delivered with a heart-warming honesty carrying a soul-baring truth. It was Upset's album of the year for 2016, and for good reason.

The band have been recording a bunch of new songs and "things have changed," smiles Luke.

"We recorded 19 songs," starts Lande. "It was hell on earth. We kept having this joke that we would rename the studio and the experience ‘Pure Hell'. But not in a bad way. It was laborious, like hell is laborious. We just thought if we did 19 songs, a few of them have got to be alright, haven't they?"

"I don't know why I didn't think it would be weird," she continues. "I just thought it was so normal and then our friend Lewis, who recorded it, was like, 'So, 19 songs, that's a lot'. And he was right. That's two albums. The thing is, I swear at one point we were like, ‘We have eight songs so we should probably book in some studio time'. Then it was 16, and it felt like a lot but, ‘Yeah, I have got a couple more we should probably get down'. It came out of nowhere."

"If you think about though," she starts with a grin. "A song only takes as long as it is to write pretty much. Then you've just got to play it through a few times, chuck some drums on there, some bass, and there you go. So really, 19 songs in two years, that's lazy work. That's nothing. We're sacking it off."

The band don't remember much of the recording process, caught up in the sheer scale of the task and haven't heard anything back yet because "19 songs takes roughly a year to mix."

"Sonically, there's a wider spectrum of styles," offers Luke. "Obviously there are more songs, and not all of them will make it onto the record, but even when we narrow it down, there's a wider spectrum of diverse sounding songs compared to the last record."

"You might be right, but I don't know anymore," grins Lande. "I honestly can't remember if it was any good, what the songs sounded like or what they were about. But that's exciting. That's the other thing; the topics are less clear-cut. It's a bit more, not obscure because they're not about obscure topics, but it's a bit more fluid. It's really hard to tell. I didn't know what a lot of the songs on the last record were about until people told me, so I'll wait and see. There might be some real surprises."

And that includes when the band will be releasing new music, or what form it will take. "These things are hard to figure out. Hopefully, we will release something at some point though. Well, We better do, because we went through pure hell. It was anything but magic. The only magic was that we came out of there alive. That was sheer magic. Nah, it was alright really, but it was hard work. I was zonked afterwards. Recording these new songs ruined me."

Taken from the December 2017 / January 2018 issue of Upset, order your copy 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