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NPR - World Cafe
Durham, N.C.'s Kym Register had a dilemma: When you're a committed member of the folk-punk scene, an outsider, a LGBTQ activist and a leader of the area's hip kids, is it cool to acknowledge the music that's in your heart — when that music is the guitar pop of bands like Fleetwood Mac that dominated your parents' record collection?
Though the record is very much written to directly address North Carolina, the people in the Durham DIY scene, and the area's long history with LGBT communities and police violence, the themes Register and Hackney wrestle with throughout—queerness, police violence, bigotry and general intolerance to those who refuse to adhere to any kind of binary—are poignant no matter where you live.
Bitch Media Review
Register got an inkling that folk was their future, not punk. Or at least, not punk music. Loamlands, with its ’70s-rock guitar and pastoral imagery, has given Register a platform from which to write songs about queer life and history.
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[Today] we get the North Carolina folk-punk band Loamlands, whose leader Kym Register appears on the episode, covering that album’s track two, “Fall Of The Star High School Running Back.” It’s a sprawling, melodic take on the song, turning an original that clocked in at under two minutes into something that spans five and a half.
Autostraddle and Loamlands are pleased to exclusively premiere the band’s new video for “Little River,” a solemn ode to queer community and Durham, North Carolina’s grim history with LGBTQ rights. The video showcases queer faces from throughout the community, while the song deals directly with the murder of a young gay man at Little River, which caused riots eventually leading to the beginning of Durham Pride.