Having recently announced her second solo album, Lande Hekt today reveals another track from the record. ‘Backstreet Snow’ is a song written at a time when we were all stuck inside and learning to live with being isolated, not doing the things we’ve always enjoyed. Says Lande of not being able to play shows in particular “I struggled to understand where my place was when I couldn’t play music with friends and be active within a scene. I also felt so lucky during the pandemic and lockdown. I lived with someone who loves me and had everything I needed, despite coming pretty close a few times to having no money at all. I honestly don’t know how some people coped at all, and it’s so sad that I guess some people didn’t.”
The album ‘House Without a View’ will be released 23 September via her new venture Prize Sunflower Records (with Get Better Records doing the honours in North America). The announcement came alongside the release of its first single ‘Gay Space Cadets’, resolute in its guitar driven and jangly indie rock. Lande says of the alternatively aspirational track:
“It’s a daydreaming song about wanting a life of excitement and adventure rather than a dull and ordinary life – one where people underestimate you and belittle you. And where you’re forced to buy into capitalism and become a pathetic, losing player in a game that you hate. I’d rather escape and live in a queer space fantasy and be brave.”
Lande Hekt has announced that her second solo album ‘House Without a View’ will be released 23 September via her new venture Prize Sunflower Records (with Get Better Records doing the honours in North America). The announcement comes alongside the release of its first single ‘Gay Space Cadets’, resolute in its guitar driven and jangly indie rock. Lande says of the alternatively aspirational track: “It’s a daydreaming song about wanting a life of excitement and adventure rather than a dull and ordinary life – one where people underestimate you and belittle you. And where you’re forced to buy into capitalism and become a pathetic, losing player in a game that you hate. I’d rather escape and live in a queer space fantasy and be brave.”
Lande Hekt’s natural state of being is in the writing of a song. Having crafted politically aware, heart-on-sleeve, punchy yet tender, punk-flecked songs with her band Muncie Girls, Lande turned her hand to an even more personal songwriting approach as she embarked on writing a solo record – 2021’s ‘Going to Hell’. The debut full-length documented her experience coming out as gay. It set out her stall as a solo artist with supreme storytelling abilities and a knack for understatedly luminous melodies. Lande’s music sits beautifully alongside such essential artists as The Wedding Present, The Sundays, The Replacements, Sleeper and Sharon Van Etten.
With her debut album barely a year old, 2022 sees Lande armed with a whole new collection of song-form vignettes and musings on her life and experiences. Kicking off where the last record left off, the opening track of new album ‘House Without a View’ is ‘Half With You’ which “is about growing into yourself as a queer person, and enjoying who you are after not enjoying it for so long,” says Lande. ‘Cut My Hair’ is about how her relationship with her gender has changed over the last few years, becoming more comfortable in herself and understanding more about what makes her happy. “It’s also about how easy it is to not talk to people when you’re struggling, which is something I did for a long time,” admits Lande.
The title track of ‘House Without a View’ deals with childhood trauma and how events of our formative years “affect us so much into our adult lives and are intrinsic to our personalities and the way we cope (or don’t) with life and relationships,” says Lande. Although there’s darkness and sadness within the record, there’s also some shining beacons of positivity and a light-hearted side, albeit with a side of frustration. ‘Lola’ was written about Lande’s cat shortly after she came to live with her and her girlfriend. “She’s the first pet I’ve ever had and I wasn’t quite ready for how hard it would be to not be able to verbally communicate with her. I worried constantly that she was depressed because all she did was sleep, but my girlfriend assured me that that was regular cat behaviour.”
Check out the Tracklisting as well as the video for ‘Gay Space Cadets’ below.
1. Half with You 2. Backstreet Snow 3. Cut My Hair 4. Gay Space Cadets 5. Always Hurt 6. House Without a View 7. Ground Shaking 8. What Could I Sell 9. Lola 10. Take a Break 11. First Girlfriend
Lande Hekt has recently dropped a brand new 7”, led by her deliciously bittersweet latest composition ‘Romantic’. “It’s a song about struggling to fit in, feeling down and finding comfort in romance,” says Lande of the song’s inspiration and intent. “Connecting with someone because you both feel like you don’t belong.” ‘Romantic’ embodies Lande’s open-diary style of songwriting and is backed by a cover of one of her profound influences – The Wedding Present song ‘Octopussy’ from their 1991 album ‘Seamonsters’. David Gedge himself said about the cover “Thanks… nice. Always interesting to hear different interpretations!”
Lande Hekt’s debut album ‘Going to Hell’ was released in 2021 via queer and trans-run label Get Better Records and gained accolades such as Stereogum Album of the Week, Bandcamp Album of the Day, and The AV Club’s ‘Albums we can’t wait to hear’. DIY Magazine called it “A celebration of personal freedom,” as the album documents Lande’s experience coming out as gay. Its introspective, journal-style lyrics, political themes and catchy, guitar-driven indie rock has been earning Lande a following across the globe.
Lande has played events for The Big Issue and the Labour Party amongst numerous solo gigs, touring the globe with artists like Kevin Devine and Ben David, as well as supporting the legend that is Tricky. Lande will be playing a pair of Rough Trade shows next week, as well as a tour supporting The Menzingers’ Gregor Barnett in June and 2000 Trees Festival in July. She’ll then be heading out on tour with Laura Jane Grace across Canada in September.
Hello everyone welcome back to the New Music Roundup! We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week is the return of The All American Rejects. ‘Me Vs. The World’ is the band’s first track release in over a year since ‘Send Her To Heaven’ in July 2019 and we covered it in a single review last week but we love this so much we had to have it as our first choice in this weeks roundup.
Lande Hekt has released a further glimpse of her beautifully poignant debut album ‘Going to Hell’, which is set for release 22 Jan 2021 via Get Better Records. A driven but wistful composition, new single ‘Undone’ is full of longing and regret. In typically relatable style, Lande says “This one is about feeling sorry for yourself when you break up with someone that you weren’t even going out with.”
Coming out is the prevailing topic of the record with the title track itself being “about how homophobia and heteronormative culture can make you feel isolated and scared of being yourself,” as Hekt herself explains her thoughts and feelings surrounding her sexuality, continuing: “I internalised a lot of that culture for a long time and it wasn’t until I found myself surrounded by queer and trans people and friends, that I realised I could live happily in a way that felt right. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and it was other people sharing their experiences with me that helped me out, so I named the album after this song to try and reach people who might want to be reached. It’s also not a dig on all Catholics; it’s just an expression of scepticism from a gay person regarding conservatism.”
‘Going to Hell’ sounds like the sum of Hekt’s wide-ranging influences – The Replacements, The Raincoats, Sharon Van Etten, The Slits, Patti Smith, Sacred Paws, Le Tigre, Against Me! – multiplied by her own distinct voice.
More music coming right now as the New Jersey favourites Can’t Swim are continuing their preparation for their upcoming EP release in ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’ with their latest, ‘Casey’.
The EP is set to be released on December 4th 2020.
Penultimate choice this week are the metal-grime crossover masters Hacktivist with their latest track ‘Armoured Core’ which also features the guest vocals of Kid Bookie.
Co-Vocalist Jot Maxi says:
“This is a song for anyone who is going through a hard time and needs building up. It’s motivational. It makes you feel like, ‘Nothing can touch me, I can do this’, but it’s personal to Hacktivist as well. With what we’ve been through, a lot of other bands might have broken up, but we’re back with this new record and a new dynamic, which even I think is great and I’m super self-critical. As long as you’re alive and still breathing, your core is armoured and protected by something. This song is a reminder to stay strong.”
The final choice this week are Wild Pink whom have been teasing their upcoming record with their latest single, ‘You Can Have It Back’.
It’s a cut from ‘A Billion Little Lights’. The follow-up to 2018’s ‘Yolk In The Fur’, the full-length is the band’s first with Toronto-based label Royal Mountain Records, and is due on 19th February.
Frontman John Ross says: “This was the last song I wrote for the album, and it’s also one of the most fun to play live. Wild Pink songs typically don’t follow conventional song structures but with this one I did. Julia’s vocals totally make this song what it is, and I love Dan’s harmonies in the choruses – I wrote it with the intention of having someone else sing it. but ended up just singing it myself. This song is inspired by Fleetwood Mac and, once again, “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt (one of the greatest songs ever written). Special cameo by Computer the Dog.”
And that’s it for another week of a roundup of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Lande Hekt, the frontwoman of Munchie Girls has announced her debut effort is going to be released January 22nd 2021 via Get Better Records.
On the release of the upcoming ‘Going To Hell’, Hekt explains that the record represents a time when she was coming out as gay.
“I’m no stranger to queer punk and queer politics. I’ve always taken a special interest for obvious reasons, but this record is important to me because it’s the first time I’m releasing anything as an outwardly gay person.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream of the lead single, ‘Whiskey’ and Pre-Order options below.
01.) Whiskey 02.) 80 Days Of Rain 03.) Hannover 04.) Winter Coat 05.) Undone 06.) December 07.) Stranded In Berlin 08.) Impending Doom 09.) Candle 10.) Going To Hell 11.) In The Darkness