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Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts) drops “Girlfriend” + tour dates


Image via Billboard

Calling all Candy Hearts fan! Mariel Loveland & co. are back with a new song, an full-length announcement, and a brand new name! Now under Best Ex (Violently Happy Records/Bridge 9 Records), the band dropped the news this morning via Billboard, alongside a lyric video to accompany the synth-pop dream of a song, entitled “Girlfriend,” from their upcoming Summer EP, Ice Cream Anti Social. 

If you were a fan of Candy Hearts pre-Best Ex, you know that their music has always been light-hearted, more pop than punk music with diary-style writing; the complexity of their songs tends to be overlooked during first listen but finds itself sneaking up from behind and grabbing your shoulders, taking you by surprise. The same can be said about “Girlfriend,” but that’s about it. This new era is all glitter and sprinkles, but look closer and you’ll notice the cracks in the heart of the songwriter, covered in frosting and put back together with smiley face stickers.

With bruises on her knuckles from fighting off demons and her heart on her sleeve, the 2017 version of Loveland seems stronger than ever. Recently having ended a relationship, the songwriter revealed to Billboard that she “didn’t break up with a lying, good-for-nothing human being, I broke up with my lying, good-for-nothing anxiety.”

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Freshly living in a more positive space, Best Ex presents us with “Girlfriend,” a synth-soaked conversation with a high school crush who doesn’t seem to notice Loveland. The song is as honest as ever, stating bluntly that she “doesn’t care about your girlfriend,” but showcases Loveland’s growth as both a songwriter and a vocalist; I can’t wait for Ice Cream Anit Social to do the same.

As a long-time CxH fan, there’s no way for me to express my joy for the future of Best Ex! From seeing the band play a tiny stage on Charlotte’s Warped Tour circa 2014  to announcing a shiny new album via Billboard, I feel like such a proud mama. That’s not weird, right?

I have to say, one of the best parts about sticking with bands over more than one album is watching them hone their craft and grow into more confident artists.

Check out this cute lyric video released by the band today, and then press play on our Candy Hearts // Best Ex playlist to hear the evolution of the band for yourself!

Best Ex is planning to tour the states this summer, stopping just about everywhere, so there’s really no excuse to not be at a show. Hopping on the co-headlining tour is Promise of Redemption, Baggage, June Divided, Kozi and more! Keep an eye out for the announcements. You’ll find us at the 6/27 Charlotte gig, hanging out in city’s oldest and most famous venue: The Milestone! Can’t make it to the Queen City? Best Ex is playing in the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC the next night!

Tour dates here:

June 25: Metro Gallery, Baltimore, Md.
June 26: Canal Culb, Richmond, Vir. ^
June 27: Milestone, Charlotte, NC
June 28: New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC ^
June 30: TBD, Tampa, Fla. ^
July 1: Backbooth, Orlando, Fla. ^
July 2: Siberia, New Orleans, La.
July 3: Dirty 30, Dallas, Tex.
July 4: Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, Tex.
July 6: Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, Ari.
July 7: Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, Nev.
July 8: The Holding Company, San Diego, Cali.
July 9: Viper Room, Los Angeles, Cali.
July 10: Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, Cali.
July 12: Loading Dock, Salt Lake City, Utah
July 14: Vega, Lincol, Neb.
July 15: Subterranean, Chicago Ill. *
July 16: Mahall’s, Cleveland, Ohio *
July 17: Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, Penn. *
July 19: Middle East Upstairs, Boston, Mass. *
July 20: Studio at Webster, New York City *
July 21: Foundry, Philadelphia, Penn. *

* with Baggage
^ with June Divided

Album image via Best Ex’s Facebook

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.


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