LOOSE FIT – ” Social Graces “

Posted: February 18, 2022 in MUSIC

“Social Graces” is the debut album from Australian post-punk outfit Loose Fit. Made up of Kaylene Miller, 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 lo-fi bedroom re-cordings, the pair recruited Max Edgar on guitar and Richard Martin on bass and started making some actual noise. Kaylene is also behind the cult knotwear brand WAH-WAH Australia with items worn by Noel Fielding, Courtney Barnett and even Kim Gordon. The band’s rhythm-heavy sound contains echoes of UK post-punk titans such as PiL and A Certain Ratio mixed with the classic Bristol Post punk sound circa 79-81.

The band’s new single – also called ‘Social Graces’ – is a frantic 2’29” blast of nervy punk. The song was written in 2020 inspired by the nervous tension in the air after the initial months of covid-induced house arrest. People were finally allowed to meet in the federally sanctioned groups of 5, but found themselves too nervous to touch each other for fear of infection and felt awkward in communication. There was a sense of relearning how to be together.

It comes with a video, directed by Solomon Thomas, that riffs off the song’s themes of discomfort and social anxiety. Awkwardly miming in front of vintage painted stage backdrops, the band are transformed one-by-one into grotesquely-masked characters who try and fail to find the social “normal”.

following their debut EP and latest track ‘Exhale’, Australia’s Loose Fit detail their debut album “Social Graces” that’ll be out 29th April 2022 via Fatcat Records, as well as sharing the title track as a their next single. Building on the success of their self-titled EP, the album expands the Loose Fit sound-world to include a dub-influenced march through social media bleakness, ACR-style exercises in rhythm and tension, and an atmospheric coda featuring eerie trumpet from drummer Kaylene Milner. It also features a number of the band’s concise, propulsive bangers including the title track and previous single ‘Exhale

Set for release late April, debut album “Social Graces” features 11 tracks of rhythmically-taut, anxiety-driven post-punk featuring the distinctive vocal chants of singer/sax player Anna Langdon.

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