Kym Register has been part of the Raleigh-Durham music scene for some time, both in folk-punk bands and as part of local venue The Pinhook. These days Register is releasing music as Loamlands, with a lush guitar pop sound that pulls from the late '70s rock and country. Says Kym:

I was terrified by the idea of writing a song that revolved around something other than a feeling. I had internal guilt around loving the major label classic rock and country music my parents listened to. I never imagined wanting to croon like Loretta Lynn or play the perfect guitar lead — because "punk", because "fringe", because "queer". I slowly started to accept my own influences. I fell in love again with Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt and Kim Deal. And then I got them all tattooed on my arm, never to forget the powerhouses that I grew up on, that saved my life.

Loamlands debut EP came out in 2014 and now their debut album, Sweet High Rise, will be out October 25 via Middle West Records. The LP's first single, "Little River," is an ode to NC Pride, which Kym wrote after learning that it was "born out of North Carolina protest and riots following the murder of two gay men on their way to a swimming hole in Durham." Musically, you can definitely hear a little Stevie Nicks in there. That premieres below.

Loamlands will play the two-day Come Out & Show Them: A Benefit to Take Back Our State concert which happens at Raleigh, NC's Kings on October 7 & 8. The benefit, which aids the fight against the state's anti-LGBT law, also features Sylvan Esso, Oak City Slums, Mac McCaughan, Mount Moriah, Tift Merritt and more. Poster for that is below.


More From Brooklyn Vegan