After spinning heads with their 2018 EP ‘Restless Noise,’ Melbourne outfit LOSER are today announcing details of their full-length record ‘Mindless Joy,’ due February 14 via Domestic La La. A compelling and clever 12 track offering, the release meets a hotbed of anticipation after the success the band found on their debut.
Alongside the announce the five-piece are dropping another single off the record Golden Things alongside a new music video. Adding to previously released tracks Get It All Out and Out Of Luck, Golden Things explores LOSER singer-guitarist Tim Maxwell‘s desire to maintain complete creative freedom, even if it means never reaping commercial success.
Where ‘Restless Noise‘ had a rough-around-the-edges straight-ahead charm, LOSER’s new material demonstrates a profound sense of depth and ambition. The record finds Maxwell tackling his issues with anxiety and depression against the theme of modern technology and its invasive role in our lives. Such concerns inform the album’s title, while the title track Mindless Joy arguably sums up the whole record in one swoop, saying: “You can’t ignore the fate that lies within your hands/We’re working on our minds to change our future plans”.
“Being an anxious wreck and being depressed and trying to deal with all that and communicating through telephones with partners, it’s not real anymore,” explains Maxwell. “And looking at my phone and doing all this stuff is making it worse, but it’s the age we live in. Everyone’s looking into the black mirror, it’s going to be this way forever, just getting worse and worse.”
Despite suffocatingly heavy themes and a cathartic purge for Maxwell, Mindless Joy remains an uplifting and infectious listen. Steeped in a powerful, unapologetic rock ’n’ roll ethos, LOSER have crafted an assured and addictive debut full-length.
“Here’s the album, here’s everything,” Maxwell adds. “I’m letting all my emotions out. I’m not scared to hide this anymore.”
Off the back of Restless Noise, LOSER have spent 2019 stretching their touring muscles, joining the likes of Canadian hardcore royalty Fucked Up, and appearing at Til The Wheels Fall Off Festival and BIGSOUND (where Double J named the band one of The New Australian Rock Bands You Need To Know Right Now). Having just wrapped up a pair of headline shows, the band will now round out the year supporting Ruby Fields on her extensive regional tour.
Out Friday February 14 via Domestic La La
SUPPORTING RUBY FIELDS
Friday November 29 – Caringbah Hotel, Caringbah, NSW
Wednesday December 11 – UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday December 12 – The Marlin, Ulladulla, NSW
Friday December 13 – UC Hub, Canberra, ACT
Saturday December 14 – Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW
Friday December 20 – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday December 21 – Snake Pit @ Entrance Leagues, Central Coast, NSW
Friday December 27 – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Saturday December 28 – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Friday January 3 – Grand Hotel, Mornington, VIC
Sunday January 5 – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC