Artist Spotlight - Muncie Girls
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We had the opportunity to interview alt trio Muncie Girls! Their alt-rock sound will be sure to make you move and sing a long. With driving guitars and great vocals, Muncie Girls are a band that is on the rise. Check out what they had to say below!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
We’ve been a band since the summer of 2010. We were 17. Me and Dean have been playing in bands together since we were 13 but we started going to shows at the Cavern in Exeter when we were 16. We saw loads of touring bands play at the Cavern and saw lots of Exeter bands go on tour and that showed us how to be a band.
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
I write songs on my acoustic guitar and usually either demo them and send it to Dean and Luke, or play it to them. Then we add drums and bass and turn it into a full band scenario.
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
We’ve always been inspired by our friends in bands that we tour with or hang out with. Seeing them do cool stuff makes us want to do cool stuff, and also makes us realise that it’s possible. Bands that I love listening to have less impact on the music I write because in a sense it’s a separate thing. I think that idea is how you get scenes of bands that sound kind of similar.
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
I’m not very particular when it comes to gear. I enjoy trying to achieve dynamics in my playing and the only pedals I have are a tuner pedal and a blues driver (which I only use on one song). I play a Gretsch players edition jet and it’s a lovely guitar! I recently got a fender bassbreaker guitar head that has nice reverb on it. I used lots of different reverb pedals and plug-ins on our latest album but live I like to keep it simple.
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
I like to think that our shows are a nice environment and a safe space, but I guess it depends who’s there. Most of the shows we play, a lot of people know each other and know the bands. We don’t have a lighting show or anything like that. I like independent venues the most, where the owners get it and people feel comfortable.
6. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like fans to know about?
At the moment we’re still touring our album Fixed Ideals. We’re currently in Australia about to start a headline tour, and in May we’re going to Europe with the Get Up Kids. After that we’re planning to start demoing some new songs.