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Loose Fit

Dance,Punk,Rock | Australia

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Loose Fit began when fashion school friends Kaylene Milner and Anna Langdon bonded over their mutual 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.


On their 2018 debut EP, the group channeled collective anxieties into rhythmically focused post-punk that you can dance to if you want. Foundational grooves punctuated by scratchy guitar lines, catchy vocal hooks and intermittent sax skronk. Originally issued on a limited cassette, the EP was then picked up by UK based label Fat Cat Records and reissued on vinyl. To the band’s surprise and delight, people seemed to like it and it did pretty well for itself, critically speaking. While the EP was having a second lease on life and reaching a wider international audience, the band were already experimenting with new sounds and looking towards recording a full length.


A non-hierarchical ‘jam’ approach to songwriting which had already begun to reveal itself on the EP (see ‘Reflux’), is increasingly more apparent across the band’s newer material. Grossly undisciplined sprawling jam sessions are ruthlessly edited and distilled down into taut groove laden future hits. Building on the jagged sound of their debut effort, the group have also expanded their palette with generous smatterings of echoed out guitar textures and affected sax. Whilst this may correctly suggest that the band are leaning more heavily on some of the more sonically experimental corners of their record collection, they are still all too happy to dish out tracks with the short, sharp hit they’d become known for on their EP.


After enduring successive delays due to lockdowns and pressing plant backlogs, Loose Fit’s debut album Social Graces was finally set free on the world in April of 2022, again via FatCat Records internationally and this time through Spunk Records in Australia. Upon release, Social Graces was blessed with great support from community radio across the country, being dubbed feature album by multiple stations (2ser, RTRFM, EdgeRadio Hobart). Additionally, their song Exhale even earnt them an FBi Radio SMAC Award nomination in the ‘song of the year’ category. Riding on the momentum of this release, the group has since been busy hitting stages across the east coast of Australia, landing slots with acts such as Parquet Courts, Amyl & The Sniffers and Cable Ties, as well as a slot at 9 Lives Festival in Brisbane.

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