Muncie Girls have release a brand new track titled ‘Five Miles’ (Demo) to help raise money to reopen local venue The Cavern in Exeter following a fire.
The venue, as so many of these types of venue do, has helped young musicians find their place in the local scene and beyond since 1991. This, of course, includes Muncie Girls, in particular bassist and vocalist Lande Hekt, who has worked at the venue since she was 18.
She elaborated on her support of the venue and the meaning behind the song in an open letter.
“Okay, so as some of you already know, there was a really bad fire in our local venue The Cavern on 6th September. The damage is severe and it’s going to need a lot of work before it can reopen. Everyone is being brave and super positive but truthfully it’s a really sad thing to have happened.
Like so many other weird punk and indie kids, we’ve been going there since we were 16 and we played our first shows there. Everything we know about bands comes from the people that we learnt from down there and without that place I’m pretty sure we’d all be either really embarrassing musicians that take themselves really seriously, or be stuck in a job we don’t like.
Also I’ve worked there since I was 18 and Pippa and Dave always let me go on tour and work when I was home. It was a rare privilege that I hope I never took for granted. My life would look entirely different if it wasn’t for the Cavern and so would this band.
Lewis Johns from The Ranch recorded this song in one take the day after the fire. If you download it, the money will go to help The Cavern in its reopening.
P.S. The song is written from the narrative of Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books, on the day she and her children were left scouring the streets for money because of the welfare state’s incompetence and underfunding.”
The song can purchased via Bandcamp.