Loose End have only been kicking around for a few years, but the Melbourne four-piece has already prove that they have a penchant for writing arena-sized tracks. The band recently dropped a fresh new single, ‘Discontent’, that proves that they’re a forced to be reckoned with on the Australian pop-punk circuit.
‘Discontent’ is a masterful exploration of experiencing burnout. “The track is about a recent point in my life when I realised I had achieved a lot of personal goals, and even ticked a couple of dreams off my list. People began to really enjoy our music, we were selling out shows and writing even better songs,” explains frontman Ben Smalley. “Unfortunately, I was working way too hard and was depriving myself of the time to reflect on or enjoy the process because of it. I couldn’t find the sense of fulfilment in my achievements – or not in the way that I thought I would or thought that I needed.”
To celebrate the release of the track, we sent Loose End through a couple burning Get To Know questions. Pop on ‘Discontent’ and see what the band had to say for themselves below.
How did your artist name come about?
Loose End is the are the two last words in the verse of our song ‘She’s On My Mind’ off our first EP. It’s definitely not from our love of the 80’s British R&B group Loose Ends.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
The speaker’s volume doesn’t go loud enough for you to hear, but here is a framed promo photo that Mum likes.
Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?
‘Jordan Street’ is a nostalgic track. Reflecting on the old times and how everything seemed easier back then.
‘Cracks In The Curtains’ is about being in your early twenties and going out partying at every opportunity. The false relationships you build and mindset it puts you in.
What do you love about your hometown?
I grew up in Melbourne so pretty much everything. The food, coffee, nightlife and cinemas – it has everything. It is the greatest. Though Murtoa does come in a close second.
Career highlight so far?
Selling out our sophomore EP launch at the Catfish was a big one. Our first headline show we sold 6 presale tickets and the second one was sold out. Also seeing the number of Spotify plays is always pretty mind-boggling.
Fave non-music hobby?
Definitely acting. I’m either doing that or music. Followed by going to the movies. Just switch off and be entertained sitting in a chair eating snacks for two hours.
What’s on your dream rider?
Nutribullet with frozen bananas and having one of them N64’s in a roadie case would be amazing. Also my puppy.
Dream music collaboration?
Mac Miller. Would love to have known how he wrote lyrics and come up with his melodies. He is just so honest.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully playing bigger and better shows. And more importantly, still in love with the Loose End boys.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Ballroom Blitz. As it’s the best way to call your friends who don’t want to be there. Steve? Andy? Mick?