UK quartet Loose Fit have shared new single “Stupid Drama.” The track arrives ahead of their debut album Social Graces, which drops on April 29, 2022 via FatCat Records.
On the single singer Anna Langdon says, “I always feel like I’m gasping for air in this song, which fits well with the theme of being completely fed-up and trying to laugh about it.”
Social Graces is a journey through familiar deeply human themes as well as sharp observations of contemporary absurdity. Lyrics about love, hope, fear, loss, and pain are woven amongst visual depictions of acquisition culture, weather patterns, digital life, adventures in wild landscapes, deep introspection, parties and mundane daily experiences.
1. Social Graces
2. Cool Change
3. Stupid Drama
4. Cut Your Teeth
7. Colours For The Walls
8. Best Face Forward
9. On Land
11. Potential Things
Pre-order Social Graces by Loose Fit HEREMade up of Kaylene Milner, Anna Langdon, Max Edgar, and Richard Martin, Kaylene and Anna met in fashion school and instantly bonded through their love of experimental music. After toying with low-fi bedroom recordings, the pair recruited Max Edgar on guitar and Richard Martin on bass and started making some actual noise. With Kaylene behind the kit and Anna on sax and vocal duties, Loose Fit’s unique and focussed sound began to take shape. Kaylene is also behind cult knitwear brand WAH-WAH Australia with items worn by Noel Fielding, Karen O, The Linda Lindas, and even Kim Gordon.
The band’s rhythm-heavy sound is inspired by Public Image Ltd, Maximum Joy and A Certain Ratio. They’re also fans of the US No Wave scene, especially the paint-stripper guitar of James Chance and the pop exuberance of Bush Tetras. Other pop/art heroes are Talking Heads and the B-52’s, while contemporary inspirations include range from the dubbed out explorations of Anika and Exploded View to the rhythmic minimalism of The Native Cats and Sleaford Mods.. Closer to home Loose Fit are enthusiastic devotees of their local music scene, gladly sharing stages with favourites like Exek, Tropical Fuck Storm, Party Dozen, Pinch Points, and Negative Gears.
They take cues from some of the more adventurous groups from the 70s/80s post-punk and No Wave scenes that eschewed the blueprint and started looking to funk, dub and elsewhere for inspiration. On top of these foundational grooves lay guitar lines that alternate between scratchy and screechy, punctuated by Anna’s vocal style and intermittent sax skronk.
“I think the album is a truthful document of a weird time. Covid-era has sucked (of course), but did give us time to explore new sounds and ways of working. It was a shit time to be a band, but it was great to have a vessel to channel all our anxieties and pent-up energy into. I think the album has all that fucked-up 2020/2021 energy in it.”, Bassist Richard Martin says.
Tracks on debut album Social Graces were written between 2019 and 2021, and the full recording was close to finished in December 2019 with only a few tweaks required in early 2020. However, when the pandemic hit they were forced to press pause, and although this was initially a bummer, it did give them time to rethink the album. They improved some songs, and scrapped others in favour of writing new and better ones during 2020 resulting in a stronger album thanks to all those lockdowns.
“I guess with our EP we were stoked just to be a functioning band – for the album we’ve tried to keep the energy and spontaneity of those first recordings, but introduce some more complex musical ideas.” says Kaylene