Beth Jeans Houghton's third album as Du Blonde, Homecoming, is very much a DIY affair. Having become somewhat pissed off with the financial and artistic constraints of working with record labels, she decided to take full control of her art as she explains in her press notes. "I've always felt that the music industry as it stands is weighted more towards record labels than artists," she said.
It only seems like five minutes ago that Beth Jeans Houghton appeared with her band, the Hooves Of Destiny, but it was actually nearly 10 years ago. In that decade, she’s rebranded herself as Du Blonde and embarked on a side career in music video direction and comic book art. Homecoming is Houghton’s third album under the name of Du Blonde, and feels like her most focused, consistent record to date.
First there was Du Blonde 's, real name Beth Jeans Houghton , decision to leave her band Hooves of Destiny and go it alone in 2012 - after a breakdown both musically and literally - under the moniker Du Blonde, resulting in 2015's Welcome Back To Milk. Then came the scaling back of her sound four years later on Lung Bread For Daddy, which traded in some of the punk and exposed a more vulnerable side to the artist. If ongoing exploration and wrestling for control has defined Houghton's career so far, then Homecoming, out on her own Daemon T.V., continues to drive that narrative forwards.