Following closely on from her UK & European tour dates with Garbage in late 2019 promoting album 'Lung Bread For Daddy', Du Blonde is back with new album ‘Homecoming’ and with it, her own record label, clothing brand and all-round art house Daemon T.V. Written, recorded and produced by Du Blonde (aka Beth Jeans Houghton), ‘Homecoming’ is a refreshing taste of pop-grunge finery, featuring guests including Shirley Manson, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), Ezra Furman, The Farting Suffragettes, and members of Girl Ray and Tunng.
‘Homecoming’ began as a few songs hashed out on a porch in LA in early 2020, and as Houghton’s desire to create something self-made and self-released merged with the oncoming pandemic, Beth found herself recording the entire album in her bedroom in London, drinking coffee until 4am and chain smoking cigarettes (which she insists she has now quit). Having released three studio albums throughout her 15 year career via record labels, Houghton decided to take the reins with 'Homecoming' - her first entirely self produced and self released record, and her most successful album to date. Garnering positive press across the board, half a million streams on Spotify in the first three months and A-list 6music playlist spots for singles 'I'm Glad That We Broke Up' and 'All The Way', 'Homecoming' has set a new precedent for the way Houghton writes and releases her music. On her own terms and in a manner that invites the audience to witness every aspect of the process.
Music & Press
“Homecoming made me feel excited about listening to new music again” - Loud and Quiet 9/10
“A glam-rock-pop-grunge blend of everything that makes music exciting” - 9/10 Gigwise
“DIY at it’s weird, wilful finest” - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Guardian
“The grunge-pop guitar don is throwing a hell of a party – and you're absolutely invited too” - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ NME
“A trail of quotable lyrics and ferocious choruses” - Uncut 7/10
“An artist who finds energy in constantly moving and shaking things up” - The Line of Best Fit 7/10
“Her most focused, consistent record to date” - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Music OMH
“A rich seam of grungy purge-pop” - The Sunday Times
“Unstoppable as a lava flow” - MOJO
“Ten sharply short songs emerged as a therapeutic response to the flip-flopping of an anxious mind” - Louder Than War
“An excellently observed piece of chugging new pop” - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Ragged grunge. Loving that!” - Chris Hawkins BBC Radio 6 Music
Reviews: MOJO, Uncut, Observer, Sunday Times, DIY, Loud & Quiet, Record Collector, Line Of Best Fit and Crack reviews
Features: Guitar World, Music OMH and Record Collector
Radio: BBC Radio 6 Music playlist for ‘I’m Glad That We Broke Up’ (A-List) and ‘All The Way’ (A-List), plus Album of the Day.
Spotify - Melomania, The Punk List, New Punk Tracks, New Noise, Fierce Femmes, All New Rock, Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Rock, Transistor
Apple Music - Breaking Alternative, New in Alternative