Saturday, March 26, 2016

Album Review: 'From Caplan to Belsize' by Muncie Girls

Title:  From Caplan to Belsize (BandCamp, Big Cartel, Animal Style Records, Specialist Subject Records, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Muncie Girls (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp, Big Cartel)

Muncie Girls' full-length debut From Caplan to Belisize is a fierce, poignant, and bitingly social conscious indie punk record.  Since forming in Exeter, UK in 2012, the trio has released a number of EPs and splits (including an excellent split with Great Cynics in 2014).  Right out of the gate, Muncie Girls has played a ridiculously catchy, '90s inspired mix of indie and punk rock similar to acts like Lemuria, Chumped, Candy Hearts, Shit Present, and the aforementioned Great Cynics.      

In a lot of ways From Caplan to Belisize is kind of a hard record to review.  There's a part of me that simply wants to say "this record is fucking great, one of the best of 2016, go buy it" and leave it at that because it really is that freaking good but I know that it deserves more praise and explanation than that.  I've been listening to the record pretty constantly for the last month and each time I do, I sit back, bop along, and think damn, these kids really get it.  Not only does this band shred musically, their lyrics are incredibly spot on.  It's that perfect mix of excellent hooks and intelligent lyrics.  And man are the lyrics good.  Bassist/vocalist Lande Hekt's take on the world is devastatingly passionate, hauntingly purposeful, and extremely profound.  Driven by anxiety, discontent, and a genuine and purposeful rebellious nature, Herkt tackles everything from social norms to objectification to loneliness to stereotypes of Millennials to the government and does so beautifully.

From start to finish, From Caplan to Belsize is an outstanding record.  Muncie Girls have built upon their already impressive catalog with a full-length debut that is staggeringly superb.  Like I said before, this is easily one of the best records of 2016.

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