The riffs are taut, the fuzz is well and truly brought, and it’s a hell …
The alt-rockers who need no introduction, LOSER, release their final single Starting Over of their Stadium dreams on a Bedroom Budget EP.
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Having slowly released the 6 track EP since October 2022, they today bid farewell to their cathartic creative endeavour.
Known for delivering an electrifying performance with face-melting guitar solos and choruses for a crowd, they also close the Stadium Dreams chapter in true LOSER style, having just completed a string of shows across Australia, ending the tour with a home show in Melbourne.
“This whole EP is about self discovery. It’s about ignoring the distractions and digging deeper within yourself to find out who that is, what they want, and empowering yourself to be true to that. The name ‘Stadium Dreams On A Bedroom Budget’ is a reflection of that. We want to be a band that plays big stadiums and big crowds, but right now we’re recording the whole thing in our own backyard studio, touring hard as an opening band, and appreciating every moment of the journey without losing sight of our goals, or the reason we want to achieve them.”
Craig Selak, LOSER
Throughout the course of LOSER’s innovative EP release, they foreground the power of the single whilst still maintaining the integrity of the long form EP release structure. With each release LOSER continued to build the narrative of the EP, navigating their journey of self-discovery alongside live performance videos and single-specific merch, that included a rarer-than-rare extremely limited vinyl run, distributed randomly to 10 fans mid-set at each leg of the tour.
Each release saw LOSER explore new facets of their creativity. From opening the EP with the power packed belter Heaven Can Wait, to pulled back introspective singles Hold On You and Only One LOSER edged towards the close with the simmering drama of Sunday before launching into cathartic riffed out closer Starting Over.
This final single encapsulates everything that has cemented LOSER as one of Australia’s premier alt-rock outfits. Tapping into vulnerability they explore the disorienting experience of finding passion and drive after the pandemic. Referencing the tumultuous time they simultaneously look with optimism towards the future. Accompanying the release is a live-performance video for Starting Over, the final instalment of a range of videos that showcase LOSER at their prime.
“This song was one of the last songs written for the EP. Another one in the vein of The More I Know thematically, after the pandemic it felt like starting from scratch again. However, so many things had changed and people grew apart. I always thought no matter how we all aged I would stay close to all my friends but humans grow up and this song is about that. No matter what happens in life all I can think about is being distracted by being on the road and doing what I love.” Tim Maxwell, LOSER
All tracks from the EP were recorded at Restless Noise Studios, the band’s own home studio. Band members Craig Selak and Tim Maxwell self-produced all songs with Tim lending his mixing skills. To close out the team, the track was then mastered by George Georgiadis at Little Wing Sound (The VANNS, Gang Of Youths).
Throughout the EP releases they received high acclaim from industry tastemakers such as NME, Amnplify, triple j, SYN, BRock, 4ZZZ, Rebel FM and more. This support is in addition to their previous nominations for both the Australian Music Prize and ‘Punk Album of the Year’ in the 2022 AIR Awards for previous releases Mindless Joy and All The Rage.