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EP Review: Ice Cream Anti Social by BEST EX

BEST EX (formerly Candy Hearts) release their new EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, on 14th July via Alcopop Records. While this may be the first outing under the moniker, it also sees a shift in direction towards an indie/pop sound. Sure, Candy Hearts may have been at the poppiest end of pop punk, but this takes it to the next level.

Speaking about the musical direction of the new EP, singer-songwriter Mariel Loveland says: “Ice Cream Anti Social is sort of an ode to those moments where you’re alone in your room and reflecting on your life. As a whole, it covers those sort of thoughts you can’t kick when you’re lying in bed about to fall asleep, or it’s midnight and you’re in your underwear, eating ice cream out of the carton, wondering what the heck happened to you.

“It wavers between that fine line where you aren’t sure if you’re actually killing it or a total mess. I don’t know if this is a true fact about life or anything — I’m sure those older than me will disagree — but this EP was largely about coming to terms with the fact that no matter how many people are around you, you will always be sort of alone.”

While there may be a little remnant of the instantaneousness of Candy Hearts, this is nothing more than a throw away pop record. It’s pleasant and inoffensive but completely bland. Each of the six tracks blend into 20 minutes of indistinct, turgid pop.

BEST EX’s previous guise didn’t see the band breaking any boundaries and this doesn’t change matters. ‘See You Again’ is the only track that comes close to not being dull while the rest disappear into a hole of pre-teen pop nonsense.

AD Rating 5/10

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