Muncie Girls From Caplan To Belsize on LP
Born in punk shows and dive bars to three driven teenagers in 2012, Muncie Girls embodies the classic punk rock story in a modern context. Fueled by discontent and anxiety, they eloquently address issues of modern living as a self-aware young adult. The result is an ambitious and poignant rebellion against social norms that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships.
The album's title, a reference to Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (single "Gas Mark 4" also references the author's suicide), perfectly compliments the themes found on the album – coping, healing, and shedding restraints. "In the book, Caplan is the higher watch section of a mental asylum and Belsize is the less severe part. So there's a bit where she is moved and she's closer to having her freedom back," explains bassist and lead vocalist Lande Hekt. "I guess for me, that title best summed up the lyrical theme of the album."
Musically, the album is a dynamic and emotional exploration of punk and indie rock. The album's bouncy catchiness is sure to be a hit with fans of Hop Along, Lemuria, Latterman, and RVIVR, but one of the defining characteristics of Muncie Girls is their ability to explore outside their immediate influences. Ultimately, what sets Muncie Girls apart is Hekt's unique perspective and its impact on her understated lyricism. Hekt's dry, unembellished writing style is, in many ways, reminiscent of classic American literature – a trait exceptionally unusual for a punk rock band from Exeter.
From Caplan To Belsize was recorded, produced and mixed by Lewis Johns (Funeral for a Friend, Gnarwolves, SHARKS, Goodtime Boys) at the Ranch, Southampton and mastered by Kim from Knack Mastering (Flogging Molly, Title Fight, Restorations).