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The follow up to their February debut album Mindless Joy, Melbourne’s LOSER return with new single ‘Upside Down’ today.
With lockdown cancelling their plans to tour Mindless Joy, LOSER brothers Tim and Will Maxwell took to their parents’ garage to build a new home studio from scratch. After coining Restless Noise Studios the duo doubled down, self-recording and producing a new body of work including today’s release. On ‘Upside Down’, the band teamed up with ARIA award winning mixing engineer Anton Hagop, whose work credits include the likes of Silverchair, Powderfinger, Missy Higgins and Birds of Tokyo.
After ‘Upside Down’ premiered via triple j’s Home & Hosed on Monday, today’s official release comes alongside the announce of the official video premiere, happening at 6pm tonight via the Domestic La La youtube channel.
On ‘Upside Down’, Tim Maxwell explains that while their recent album was an introspective exploration on mental health, this track finds LOSER examining the chaos of the world as they see it.
“‘Upside Down’ is about your own personal response to the state of the world. You can either let it consume you, or you can find safety within yourself and watch as the chaos ensues… I guess this is my first political song, I don’t really like to write that way usually but seeing all the news that was shoved down our throats at the time and just being left there to deal with it made me angry,” he shares.
Following the release of Mindless Joy, LOSER performed their album via livestream and were handpicked to support none other than Violent Soho at their sold out Melbourne show in February. Later, mid-year round ups by The Music and Wall Of Sound saw the album classed as one of the Best Of 2020 So Far, meanwhile it recently clocked a nomination for the coveted Australian Music Prize.
LOSER is Tim Maxwell (vocals/guitar), Dragon Maxwell (guitar), Craig Selak (bass), Jake Farrugia (guitar) and Chris Cowburn (drums). ‘Upside Down’ is out now via Domestic La La.
PRAISE FOR ‘MINDLESS JOY’
“A beautiful cross-over of Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins, mixing melancholic guitars with powerfully adamant vocals.”
“This album has absolutely no lowlights. 9.5/10”
Wall Of Sound
“Mindless Joy harbours a big character, big sound, and even bigger potential for this band to go very, very far. 9/10.”
“There’s something truly remarkable about LOSER’s ability to talk about serious issues while simultaneously making their listeners want to rock out.”