Best Ex might be a name you don't recall — but the band is certainly familiar. Fronted by singer/songwriter Mariel Loveland, the pop-speckled project toured across the US and UK as Candy Hearts, a wide-eyed punk band rooted in the nostalgic world of Vans Warped tour and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack...
The heart of singer-songwriter Mariel Loveland has always been her DIY spirit. As a teenage poet, she taught herself guitar in an attempt to put her words to music, writing her first songs in the margins of her notebook during math class. Not long after, with little more than a rusted-out van and a handful of home recordings, the songwriter hit the road with Candy Hearts, a wide-eyed punk band rooted in early ‘00s nostalgia.
Within two short years, Candy Hearts went from playing in basements across the East Coast to sharing the stage with pop-punk heavyweights like Man Overboard, New Found Glory, and Weezer. Math class became MTV and the microphones she set up in her mother’s basement became an LA recording studio. After a stint on Vans Warped Tour, Loveland found herself wondering: what happens after your childhood dreams come true? It turns out, you start all over again. Enter: Best Ex.
With her solo endeavor, Loveland has managed to maintain the diary-like introspection and biting sarcasm of previous releases, swapping out energetic guitars for fuzzed-out synths and dreamy acoustics. Her previous two EPs—Ice Cream Anti-Social (2017) and Good At Feeling Bad (2020)—were met with critical acclaim from publications like Billboard and Alternative Press, even landing airplay on BBC Radio 1. After inking a new record deal, Loveland is gearing up for Best Ex’s full-length debut.
“Tell Your Friends,” a sardonic breakup jam made for summers spent driving with the windows open, is out on May 25 via Iodine Records (US) and Alcopop Records (UK).
"Bad Love," Best Ex's first single in two years, is a departure from Loveland's previous work. It's abandoned the summery, shimmering hope of singles past and dove straight into the frigid streets of New York at night with its Doc Marten boot ankle-deep in a puddle of melted snow. The full EP, 'Good At Feeling Bad,' is out May 22 via No Sleep Records in the US and Alcopop in the UK.