Du Blonde

Wednesday 15th December
DU BLONDE
£8 / £10 [+10% booking fee]
Doors open 8pm
CANCELLED

Du Blonde is back with new album ‘Homecoming’ and with it, her own record label, clothing brand and all-round art house Daemon T.V.
Written, recorded and produced by Du Blonde (aka Beth Jeans Houghton), Homecoming is a refreshing taste of pop-grunge finery, featuring guests including Shirley Manson, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), Ezra Furman, The Farting Suffragettes, and members of Girl Ray and Tunng.

Fans of Du Blonde’s previous two studio albums (2015’s Welcome Back to Milk and 2019’s Lung Bread for Daddy) might be surprised to find that Homecoming takes on the form of a pop record. The garage rock, grunge and metal guitar licks that have come to define Du Blonde are still there in spades, but as a whole the direction of the album is pop through and through.

In the time since the 2019 album Lung Bread For Daddy hit the shelves, the garage rock musician has pulled an essential about-turn. Having released albums with record labels throughout her 15-year career, the lack of control over her work and career saw her mental health deteriorate.

‘I’ve always felt that the music industry as it stands is weighted more towards record labels than artists. There’s an element of gaslighting involved, a whole ‘you’ll be nothing without us’ vibe that keeps you in the system because you think you might fail without it. But I woke up one day and was like ‘I’m broke, I’m stressed and depressed, I don’t own the rights to my music and I have to buy my own albums for close to full price if I want to sell any at my shows. All of this on top of having to fight tooth and nail to be allowed to represent myself as I am and not some middle class, middle aged white guy’s idea of who I should be.’

 

 

 

 

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