By Syd Miller, Associate Editor
North Carolina-based queer folk-punk band Loamlands has just released “No More TV,” the first of four planned releases of songs that were left off their 2016 album Sweet High Rise due to length constraints. All profits go to Down Home North Carolina and its mutual aid fund.
Down Home’s fund spans five counties and is used for members struggling to meet their needs, Loamlands’ Kym Register told Country Queer.
“I mean, we don’t have to tell you that folks are suffering – and what better way to meet the needs of folks than giving them the means in which to meet their own needs,” Register said. “ You love country music? You love the stories of the South? Well, this is a way to show it.”
Loamlands are working with Down Home to encourage intersectionality in the Southern community.
“Being from the South and raised by family in rural North Carolina affords me intimate relationships with mostly white working class southerners,” Register said. “These relationships vary not only due to a lack of common understanding of queerness but a lack of lived experience of classism and pride. We have so much work to do to dismantle white supremacy in our communities and in ourselves.”
“No More TV,” is available on Loamlands’ Bandcamp today. Future releases: “Hear Me Now,” April 12; “Something New,” April 19; and “One More Day,” April 26.