Muncie Girls have announced that they will release their second album Fixed Ideals on 31 August ahead of a UK tour opening at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.
The highly anticipated 13-track album will be released via Specialist Subject Records in the UK and Europe, Buzz Records in North America and Lost Boy Records in Australia.
Produced by long-term Muncie Girls’ collaborator Lewis Johns (Funeral For A Friend, Rolo Tomassi, Gnarwolves), Fixed Ideals sees vocalist Lande Hekt also picked up guitar and bass duties in the recording process. She explains, “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.”
The album promises to cover topics including anxiety and mental health, the effect of alcohol on potential, learning and personal relationships.
Muncie Girls have also revealed the first single from the record with accompanying music video. Punk driven Picture of Health 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.
As well as details of the album, Muncie Girls have also confirmed a headline UK tour, supported by The Hard Aches. The tour opens with a Manchester gig at the Deaf Institute.
When do Muncie Girls perform at Manchester’s Deaf Institute?
Muncie Girls open their September UK tour at the Deaf Institute on 26 September 2018. The Manchester gig is one of eight dates announced:
26 September – Manchester, Deaf Institute
27 September – Birmingham, The Cuban Embassy
28 September – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
29 September – Newcastle, The Think Tank
30 September – Glasgow, The Garage
1 October – London, Borderline
2 October – Norwich, Waterfront
3 October – Southampton
When do tickets for Muncie Girls at Manchester’s Deaf Institute go on sale?
Tickets for Muncie Girls’ UK tour go on sale at 10am on Friday 15 June 2018.
image of Muncie Girls courtesy Robin Christian