BEST EX has always had an incredible knack of knowing how to pen a cracking break-up anthem. From their time with Candy Hearts through to today, Mariel Loveland has delivered some of the catchiest and most cathartic tracks about love, loss and learning that alternative music has at its disposal. And with her return, we have even more to add to the collection.
The latest is called “TELL YOUR FRIENDS” and focuses on the things that exes mention about you to their nearest and dearest that may not be strictly true. It’s pure pop worship at its core, with plenty of strands of emo attached to it. But it is also a reminder to not let anybody tell you who you really are. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re too loud and proud. Be yourself in spite of people who don’t want for best for you.
Mariel had this to say about it:
“I think society has a way of telling women that we are too much, especially in relationships. We’re constantly told that we need too much and want too much and expect too much. As a result, so many of us shrink ourselves and ignore our needs to make others happy.
“I remember walking back in the summer rain, soaking wet, listening to a rough, unfinished version, and imagining what the world would be like when I finally got to share it. Would there be a place for upbeat breakup songs in a world still grieving? Complaining about boys seemed so trivial when we were legitimately afraid to go outside, but then it hit me. It *is* trivial.
“We should have cut the weight that held us down and ignored the noise a long time ago. We should’ve never tried to fit into boxes we were never gonna fit in. There are more important things to waste our time with as our world collectively heals. That’s what this song is about.”
BEST EX released their last EP Good At Feeling Bad back in 2020 via Alcopop! Records.
Here is “Gap Tooth (On My Mind)”: