News: Sydney’s premiere art pop outfit Loose Fit announce debut album ‘Social Graces’ and releases title track, a paean to awkwardness, as a tasty hors d’oeuvre.

Feature Photograph: Gabriel Castro

Loose Fit have an angular jagged art pop sound that is quite unique and utterly satisfying. We covered their recent release ‘Exhale’ and found it an exhilarating tour de force, and now the band commences 2022 with news of their debut album ‘Social Graces’, out through Fatcat Records/Spunk Records on 28 April 2022. And to add a dusting of sugar coated goodness, the title track has been unveiled to give us a taste of what to expect.

The single is archetypal Loose Fit: a jaunty, jittery assemblage of clattering instrumentation that pulsates and gyrates, while the vocals resonate with a blistering punk attitude: just the right dollop of sneer and disdain delivered through intelligent, passionate lyrics.

The lyrics and the music capture the anxieties that arose as COVID spread its wearisome wings over society: the creation of an isolated and uncertain world fraught with social awkwardness and fear.

The accompanying video, directed by Solomon Thomas, sees the band awkwardly miming in front of vintage painted stage backdrops where they are transformed one-by-one into grotesquely-masked characters who try and fail to find the social ‘normal’:

‘Social Graces’ the single is available to download and stream through all the usual sites.

According to bassist Richard Martin:

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.

‘Social Graces’ out 29th April 2022 via Fatcat Records. There will be 3 versions of the vinyl – standard black, a green vinyl only available through the FatCat webstore/Bandcamp, and a Rough Trade exclusive limited to 100 with a hand printed sleeve made by singer Anna Langon who is behind the album artwork.

Pre-order here

Loose Fit are:

Guitar – Max Edgar
Drums – Kaylene Milner
Bass – Richard Martin
Vocals – Anna Langdon
Congas – Jonathan Boulet

An all round creative force, Milner is also behind cult knitwear brand WAH-WAH Australia with items worn by Noel Fielding, Courtney Barnett, and even Kim Gordon.

Feature Photograph: Gabriel Castro

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