Muncie Girls’ second album ‘Fixed Ideals’ is out NOW and the latest single to be revealed is the anxiety-fuelled ‘Clinic’. Vocalist and guitarist Lande Hekt wrote it when she first starting having CBT for her anxiety. “It was a really fucking horrible time but I’m glad I wrote it down,” she explains. “This song is half about how important it is to get your mental health checked and ring the DAS, but it’s also about how long it all takes and how unbelievably underfunded it is. I have a lucky time with my mental health compared to so many people, and I have to think about how incredibly hard it is for so many people.”
The music video for ‘Clinic’ is based on Landis’ Facial Expressions Experiment, conducted almost 100 years ago. This experiment was conducted by Dr. Landis with a goal of discovering if all people had a common facial expression while feeling specific emotions in reaction to various objects and scenarios. Of course, they do not.
Muncie Girls hotly-anticipated second album ‘Fixed Ideals’ is out now via Specialist Subject Records in the UK & Europe, Buzz Records in North America and Lost Boy Records in Australia. The album was produced by Muncie Girls’ long-term collaborator Lewis Johns (Funeral For A Friend, Rolo Tomassi, Gnarwolves) at The Ranch and mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge (Morrissey, Coldplay, Haim).
There is a newly-plotted UK headline tour with support from Australia’s The Hard Aches, tickets for which are also on sale now. Muncie Girls have also revealed the first single from the record with accompanying music video. ‘Picture of Health’ is an impossibly catchy slice of punk-driven melodic perfection, which was written when vocalist and guitarist Lande Hekt realised “how much easier it is to worry about your friends than it is to worry about yourself.”
Muncie Girls’ line-up is completed by guitarist Dean McMullen and drummer Luke Ellis and the three grew up in Exeter, playing local DIY shows to their friends, which is still something they enjoy immensely. Since the release of their debut album, they've toured the UK & Europe extensively and they've performed in Australia and Japan, as well as playing appearing at world-renowned festivals such as SXSW, Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds. They've received accolades from the likes of Stereogum, The AV Club, Kerrang!, DIY Magazine, Upset, DORK and plays on BBC Radio 1. ‘Fixed Ideals’ has also been supported by the Momentum Music Fund, managed by PRS Foundation, supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England, and PPL in association with Spotify.
Muncie Girls’ second album marks a progression as Lande played both guitar and bass when they were tracking. She comments “Having two guitars sounds really different and adds intricacy to the songs. I was listening to different music when I wrote the songs and when we recorded it so that probably sounds quite different. I was listening to a lot of The Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Popguns and The Pastels so i wonder if any of that is audible! I think we all became a bit more adventurous when we were writing and recording this record.”
‘Fixed Ideals’ covers topics of anxiety and mental health, the effects of too much alcohol wasting potential, having a desire to learn and be educated, as well as focusing on personal relationships and the importance of friendship and family. And what we feel when those relationships let us down.