It’s been two years since Exeter punks Muncie Girls debut LP was released, From Caplan to Belsize, and today, the band have announced their sophomore album, Fixed Ideals, and sharing the band’s first single + video, “Picture of Health”.
The album, which draws its title from a Sylvia Plath poem (Sonnet: To Eva), and was produced by Muncie Girls’ longterm collaborator Lewis Johns (Funeral For A Friend, Rolo Tomassi, Gnarwolves) at The Ranch and mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge (Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay, Haim), will be released via Buzz Records (North America) and Specialist Subject (UK & EU) on August 31st.
Watch video for new single “Picture Of Health”.
Muncie Girls’ second album saw a change of approach for the band, who took more time in the studio, with vocalist/guitarist Lande Hekt playing guitar as well as bass, which she says helped to change the tone and direction of the songwriting.
“We were at it for so long, I thought it would never end,” she says. “I actually got ill half way through, because I think it was just a lot to deal with. These are some of the most personal songs I’ve written, and I was listening to different music when I wrote them and during the recording which probably sounds quite noticeable. Stuff like The Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Popguns and The Pastels. I think we all became a bit more adventurous with this record.”
In support of the release the band have announced a set of UK tour dates. Full details can be found below.
June 13th – Specialist Subject Records, Bristol – Acoustic in-store
June 22nd – Pride of Exmouth – Benefit for Devon Rape Crisis
Sep 26th – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
Sep 27th – Birmingham – The Cuban Embassy
Sep 28th – Nottingham – Rock City Basement
Sep 29th – Newcastle – The Think Tank – Underground
Sep 30th – Glasgow – The Garage – Attic
Oct 1st – London – Borderline
Oct 2nd- Norwich – The Waterfront
Oct 3rd – Southampton – The Joiners
Fixed Ideals tracklist and artwork.
2. Picture of Health
5. Falling Down
6. Isn’t Life Funny
7. Bubble Bath
8. Fig Tree
9. Locked Up
10. In Between Bands
11. Laugh Again
13. Family of Four
Muncie Girl’s Fixed Ideals will be out on Buzz Records (North America) & Specialist Subject (UK/EU) on August 31st. It is available for preorder here.