Hey Manchester! presents Lande Hekt w/ Autocamper
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Lande Hekt’s music is born out of self-reflection, social and political awareness, and her capacity for evocative storytelling. Having explored this personal song-writing approach with her former band, Muncie Girls, with their punchy yet tender punk-flecked songs, Lande released her debut solo record Going To Hell in 2021 via queer and trans run independent label Get Better Records. Going To Hell presents its raw honesty amongst understatedly luminous melodies and candid, unpretentious lyrics which contemplate, among other things, her experience coming out as gay. 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 saw Lande armed with a whole new collection of song-form vignettes and musings on her life and experiences with second album House Without a View (partnering again with Get Better Records and Prize Sunflower Records in the UK). Kicking off where the last record left off, House Without a View continues to explore ideas of queer identity, as well as her changing relationship with gender, dealing with childhood trauma, and confronting the isolation and period of adjustment brought by the pandemic. Lead single Gay Space Cadets daydreams about a life of excitement and adventure instead of being ‘forced to buy into capitalism and become a pathetic, losing player in a game that you hate’. 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.
Lande has toured in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia supporting the likes of Alvvays, Laura Jane Grace and the legend that is Tricky. She has also played at Glastonbury festival, as well as events for The Big Issue and the Labour Party. Lande will be back on the road in 2023 supporting New Zealand quartet The Beths on their UK and Europe tour.