How can any thoughtful human not be angry at the current state of our world? Kym Register, Loamlands.
North Carolina’s Loamlands, the Durham based project of Kym Register and Will Hackney released their second album Sweet River Rise last year and now the album is set to released on vinyl later this month. The fact Indie30 totally let this intensely personal, demonstrably cathartic and socially just set of classic rock and alt-country inspired gems pass us upon its release last October is distressing on two levels. Firstly, its an emotionally enveloping and simply brilliant record and secondly, it is Register’s personal and political reflections on being part of a strong, proud yet marginalised and brutalised LGBTQI community and being witness to ongoing racism and rampant inequality in the North Carolina context. And embracing and celebrating difference and diversity and railing against neglectful and damaging neoliberalism and hate filled conservatism is in this blog’s DNA.
Hopefully then this post goes some way to rectifying the aforementioned omission and exposes some of this blog’s readers to both Loamlands and their work. Fans of that work will be equally thrilled at the news of the vinyl release for Sweet High Rise and to watch the new Endless Endless created video for ‘Little River’, the album’s first single that deals with the brutal 1981 bashing of four gay men at said named river in Durham that resulted in the murder of Ron ‘Sonny’ Antonevich. This spurred the ‘Our Day Out’ rally and out of that tragedy was born North Carolina’s Pride movement. The video celebrates that community in both its kaleidoscopic beauty and determined defiance. Get a copy of the record on wax here. There’s just 500 available. Oh, to go back in time to October 2016…
From the album, ‘Sweet High Rise’, Hillsborough Rd Records. Out on vinyl June 23.