Lande Hekt of Exeter indie punk trio Muncie Girls has recorded a collection of seven songs which she’ll be releasing as an EP on 15 November. Titled ‘Gigantic Disappointment’, these songs were recorded with Ben David of The Hard Aches at his studio on top of a hill in Cudlee Creek, which is in the Adelaide Hills in Australia. “It was the first time I’ve ever played all the instruments on a recording before,” says Lande. “We recorded a guide guitar track and then I recorded the drums along to that, then bass, then guitar, then vocals, then extras. It was 37c everyday and the studio is self sustainable so it was nice to be drinking rain water, but it was warm rain water. Everyday two kangaroos would come to the house and stare at us.”
The first single to be released is ‘Carpet’, a song “about the weird feelings you get when your friends move away. It’s also about old habits and wishing you could stand up for yourself more.”
Experimenting with 80s influences and with Replacements and Sleater-Kinney on repeat, Lande opened herself up to experimenting with different sounds and approaches, whilst still coming up with some typically poignant, catchy, and ultimately classic compositions.
The EP is about trying to exist in a truly horrible world and trying to be a good person (and often not succeeding), it’s about tackling anxiety and long distance relationships, it’s about quitting drinking and feeling isolated, it’s about prioritising getting your own shit together over dating. “I did a lot of traveling and touring when I recorded Gigantic Disappointment, so time was often either dragging or suspended,” says Lande, continuing “The first song I wrote for the release - ‘The Future’ - references climate change and how we are all running out of time.” Many feelings and reflections are encompassed in ‘Gigantic Disappointment’, which manifests almost like a musical diary and a glimpse into Lande’s year.