LANDE HEKT Announces Debut Solo Album ‘Going to Hell’
New Record Chronicles Her Experience Coming Out As Gay
Set For Release January 22nd 2021 via Queer-run Independent Label
Get Better Records
Lande Hekt is set to release her debut album ‘Going to Hell’ via Queer-run independent label Get Better Records on 22 January 2021. This record represents a time when Hekt was coming out as gay. “I’m no stranger to queer punk and queer politics,” she says. “I’ve always taken a special interest for obvious reasons, but this record is important to me because it’s the first time I’m releasing anything as an outwardly gay person.”
‘Going to Hell’ was recorded by Hekt’s friend Ben David (from the band The Hard Aches) in the Adelaide Hills in Australia, whilst she was over there for a solo tour with him in February, luckily fitting in the recording and flying home before lockdown kicked in. The intense experience saw Hekt laying down all instruments on the album, with the exception of percussion.
‘Whiskey’, the first single from ‘Going to Hell’ is out now and is representative of the album’s mood.
“This song is essentially about how there were so many things that didn’t feel right in my life,” says Hekt. “It’s about learning how to come to terms with being gay or, more accurately, realising that pretending you’re not gay can’t go on forever.”
You can feel the reflective inclinations wrapped in each guitar note being hit from the get-go of this harrowing arrangement before the commanding vocals of Hekt take centre stage. Hekts lyrical delivery powerfully delivered, the harmony builds up as the power of the track progresses. A bold artist with the ability to mesmerize. “Whiskey” is a truly intimate composition, honest and breath-taking. Lande needs to continue to be open within each orchetration, the powerful trait amplifies how essential this artist is.