Best Ex Announce Two Intimate UK Shows

Best Ex UK Tour Oct 17Best Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have announced two special intimate free entry solo UK live dates for November 2017. To celebrate the news the band have revealed a video for their new single, Lonely Life, the latest track to be taken from their Alcopop! Records released debut EP, Ice Cream Anti-Social, that can be purchased here

Tickets for the two intimate UK shows can be reserved here

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Video: Best Ex – See You Again

Best Ex ICSBest Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have premiered a new music video for the song “See You Again.”  The track appears on their Alcopop! Records debut EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, released earlier this summer. The band comments on the track:

“I think sometimes in our lives we’re gifted with certain people who completely change the perspective we’ve had our entire lives. I wrote ‘See You Again’ about one of those people I met on Warped Tour.  He lived so, so far away from me. It felt like every day was just counting down to when we’d never see each other again. We would meet each other every day at catering and watch the sunset together almost every night.

I’m not the kind of person who can’t not roll their eyes at that, but he really taught me to appreciate each moment in a day and live inside every second rather than looking forward and missing a bunch of your life thinking about things you can’t change. I still struggle with that today. And I was also completely wrong. I did see him again, and he met my mom and met my dad and is coming to my sister’s wedding.”

Watch the video below.

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Best Ex ICS

Best Ex

Ice Cream Anti Social

Alcopop! Records

Rating: 2.5/5



Best Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have signed to Alcopop! Records and their first release for the label is the wonderfully titled Ice Cream Anti Social EP, that is due for release on the on 14th July 2017. This six track EP is the first to be released under the band’s new moniker and sees the band heading into a new indie fuelled poppier direction, Ice Cream Anti Social is a glistening artistic re-imagination for the band, one that sees the band take the heartfelt lyricism and hooks from their previous punkier releases as Candy Hearts and bring them into their new looser and poppier direction.
Girlfriend opens things with a distinctly electro pop influenced opener, despite the change in style I can hear how this song would have sounded if it had been recorded in their previous incarnation, the whole EP has a poppy indie sheen that’s underpinned by an electro pop feel and the guitars are now very much playing second fiddle to the indie sheen and ethereal vocals. Whilst I preferred the more punky style of Candy Hearts the songwriting that characterised their previous releases is still very much alive, it’s just realised in a much more summery and poppy manner.
This is a summery blast of electronic indie pop, for me I personally preferred the sweet pop punk delivery of the previous albums, but if you were a fan of Candy Hearts then the melodies and shining vocals that were their trademark are still present and just as likely to melt your heart. It’s a brave move for a band to make such a dramatic shift in style, and after hearing the new direction the band has taken you can understand why they changed their name rather than continue as Candy Hearts. This new direction won’t be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a slice of summery indie pop then Ice Cream Anti Social may be just what you’re looking for.
Ice Cream Anti Social can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here and via Bandcamp here

Best Ex To Release ‘Ice Cream Anti Social’ EP

Best Ex ICSBest Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have signed to Alcopop! Records for the release of their new EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, that is due out on July 14th. The six track EP is the first to be released under the band’s new moniker and they have announced a lengthy US tour from 25th June to 21st July alongside The Promise of Redemption, Baggage and June Divided.

The Ice Cream Anti Social EP can be pre-ordered here and the track Someday can be streamed here

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Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts) – Girlfriend

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts) has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Girlfriend” and is the first new material since Acoustic Hearts, which dropped back in 2015 via Bridge 9 Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Promise Of Redemption Announce US Tour With Best Ex

promise_of_redemption_best_ex_tourPromise of Redemption, the solo project of Shane Henderson from Valencia, has announced a summer tour with Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts), the tour also features Kozie, June Divided and Baggage. Power Of Redemption‘s latest album, Where You Ought To Be, is an eclectic mixture of fully produced and raw emotional acoustic songs, the album perfectly captures Shane’s wide range of musical influences. 

Where You Ought To Be is now available here

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Louise Distras On Kerrang! 30th Birthday Tribute To Green Day LP

k-green-day-dec-16British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras is a part of Kerrang! Magazine’s 30th birthday tribute album to Green Day. American Superhits is out today and available with this weeks issue of Kerrang! Louise Distras had this to say about her appearance on American Superhits

I chose ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ because it’s one of my favourite tracks from ‘Nimrod’. It’s a classic Green Day track that got me through being bullied at high school, so me and my band decided to keep our cover original and fun. Green Day’s music is a big inspiration to me and I’m honoured to be a part of their 30th birthday tribute!

The CD also features Waterparks, Roam, Beach Slang, Andy Black,  As It Is, Hellions, Milk Teeth, Puppy, The Interrupters, The Xcerts, Candy Hearts, With Confidence and Twin Atlantic

Tours: Candy Hearts / Chase Huglin

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts has announced that they will be heading on tour in June with Chase Huglin.  Candy Hearts last released Acoustic Hearts and in July 2015 via Bridge 9 Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Candy Hearts – In And Out

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts has announced that they will be releasing a new acoustic album.  The disc will be titled Acoustic Hearts and is due out on July 3, 2015 via Bridge 9 Records.  the band released their latest full length, All The Ways You Let Me Down, in June 2014 via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records.

Listen to a new song from the album entitled “In And Out” below.

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Candy Hearts Acoustic Session For Kerrang!

Candy-Hearts-band-2014New Jersey pop punks Candy Hearts recently visited the offices of UK music magazine Kerrang! to play a short acoustic set. The band played 3 tracks from their latest record, All The Ways You Let Me Down, released earlier this year via Bridge 9 Records. 

The three tracks played were:  Something’s Missing, All The Ways You Let Me Down and Brooklyn Bridge. Check out the session below.

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Tours: Candy Hearts

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts has revealed a string of upcoming headlining tour dates that will lead into their role as support on New Found Glory‘s Fall tour.  The band continues to support their latest full length, All The Ways You Let Me Down, which is was released this past June via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records

Full tour listings are below.

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Candy Hearts

Candy Hearts

All The Ways You Let Me Down

Bridge Nine Records

Rating: 3.5/5




New Jersey pop-punk outfit Candy Hearts remains one of the sweetest treats in today’s punk underground.  Front woman Muriel Loveland’s girlish charm is the sugary, musical equivalent of taking a childhood tour of a candy shop and leaving blissfully with a, colourful, eye-popping swirl lollipop.  Such a sunny, elated atmosphere shines through in the trio’s third studio full length, All The Ways You Let Me Down, as the band pens the next chapter of their playful accounts of life, love and relationships.

Candy Hearts has always been about the lighter side of messy breakups, and their third time around is no different.  Thematically, All The Ways You Let Me Down centres around ‘falling out of like,’ and working up the gall to call out those neglectful boys that tend to make on-again-off-again relationships a lifestyle. 

The album mirrors the emotional rollercoaster of wanting to fix something that’s already broken with a one sided commitment.  Tracks like “I Miss You” and “The Dream’s Not Dead” offer early insight as to the blissful hope clouding telltale signs at the onset of a doomed relationship.  The playful, heartfelt melodies leading up to the title track quickly take aim at boys looking for “easy outs.”  When talking about long distance relationships, Muriel counters accusations like “you say my heart’s not big enough to hold the distance between us,” with the comeback, “well the distance has never felt as big as when you’re lying right next to me” and further reinforced by the sentiment, “you want to fight for our love, but darling don’t you think we’ve fought enough.”  Loveland and the gang are no pushovers and would serve as far more empowering role models than pretty much any modern pop icon.

Despite the potential for heartbreak, Candy Hearts keep their spirits high with track after track of spirited, whole-hearted melodies.  While they will inevitably garner comparisons to Lemuria and Mixtapes, songs like “Fools Gold” and “Something’s Missing” manage to feel spontaneous and lively even with content that could have easily turned into a whiny cry for help.  Thankfully that’s just not Candy Hearts style.  In fact, Candy Hearts might just be one of the all time most fun pop-punk bands to listen and sing along with.  

It would be easy to dismiss Candy Hearts because of their simplicity, but that would entirely miss the point.  All The Ways You Let Me Down is just plain old feel-good music with a liberating love for life.  Built upon a foundation of sugary melody and catchy hooks, Candy Hearts remain an absolute pleasure to tune in to, and a much-needed contrast to today’s gruff, largely male dominated scene (vocal and otherwise). 

Candy Hearts Full Album Stream

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts have premiered a full album stream of their upcoming new recordThe album is titled All The Ways You Let Me Down, which is due out on June 10th via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records

Listen to the full disc here courtesy AltPress.

Candy Hearts – All The Ways You Let Me Down

Candy-Hearts-band-2014NJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts have premiered a brand new trackThe song is the title track from their upcoming full length, All The Ways You Let Me Down, which is due out on June 10th via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records. Details of the new album and the band’s upcoming tour dates were reported by us a few weeks ago, check out the post here.

Check out the song here courtesy Noisey.

Candy Hearts Tour / Detail New Album

Candy-Hearts-band-2014Indie pop punk band Candy Hearts have announced they are joining Driver Friendly as support on the Buzznet! sponsored tour alongside headliners Seaway and Stickup Kid starting in July. The NY/NJ based outfit are also about to drop their new album, All The Ways You Let Me Down, on June 10th via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records. 

Ahead of the official release, the band have premièred a stream of the lead single I Miss You, which, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates, can be checked out below.

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Candy Hearts Premiere Video For ‘I Miss You’

candyheartsNJ/NY pop punk act Candy Hearts have premiered a new video for their track I Miss You. The song is the lead single from their upcoming full length, All The Ways You Let Me Down, which is due out on June 10th via Violently Happy/Bridge 9 Records. Details of the new album and the band’s upcoming tour dates were reported by us a few weeks ago, check out the post here.

The video for I Miss You can be viewed below:

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Candy Hearts Announce New Album and First Single

Candy Hearts - Bridge NineCandy Hearts will release the first single from their new album on Tuesday, April 1st. The new track, titled I Miss You, continues the band’s catchy pop song tradition. The track will be available digitally on the 1st through iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Spotify and more. 

Following the release of the track, Candy Hearts will release their new album on June 10, 2014. All the Ways You Let Me Down contains 11 songs and was recorded by New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert. 

The group are currently on tour. Full dates can be seen below.
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Candy Hearts Ready For Next Album

Candy HeartsFront woman Muriel Loveland of New York indie band Candy Hearts has made known that the band is starting work on their next full length.  Loveland comments on the writing process thus far:

“This LP has been a long road for me and it’s nowhere near finished. I feel like I suffered from the most awful writers block. I would go on tour almost looking for trouble to have something to write about. I probably say that every time I’m trying to write, but when the record is finished I only remember the few effortless minutes of finding the perfect words to describe my life and the perfect way to lock them into a melody forever.”

The band released Miles and Interstates 7-inch, back in August.


Candy Hearts Premiere Video, Announce 7-inch

Candy HeartsNew York indie band Candy Hearts have announced the release of a Miles and Interstates 7-inch, set for Aug. 6, 2013. This 7-inch will feature a song from the band’s 2012 EP The Best Ways To Disappear, as well as an acoustic cover of DescendentsNothing With You. Pre-order is available here.

Along with the release, Candy Hearts recently premiered a new music video for Miles and Interstates. Watch it on YouTube.


Video: Candy Hearts – Replacement Parts

Candy HeartsPop punk quartet Candy Hearts has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Replacement Parts” from their 2012 EP, The Best Ways to Disappear and dropped back in 2012 via Violently Happy Records.

Watch the video below.

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Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy

Candy Hearts

Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy

Kind of Like Records

Rating: 4/5




With the bulk of my punk listening habits falling in line with adjectives like “gruff,” “hard,” or “rough,” New Jersey’s Candy Hearts serves as a welcome change of pace.  At the risk of re-igniting the finger wagging morality of the punk gender equity debate (to which the band has contributed to), I just want to point to Mariel Loveland’s soft, wispy carefree vocals and feminine charm as offering a peppy, jubilant atmosphere absent from her male counterparts.  For those of us that forget there are emotions outside the raspy tone of Leatherface and Against Me!, Candy Hearts’ sophomore full length Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy is an exciting discovery.

The group’s charm can be racked up to front woman Loveland’s combination of sugar sweet innocence and hopeful realism.  More playful than Mixtapes’ Maura, and less direct than Sheena from Lemuria,Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy is every bit as sarcastic as its title implies.  “Always sort of out of key, addicted to caffeine and bad poetry, and not saying the things I mean,” sings Loveland on “Good Enough” – a sort of hipster anthem that transcends its indie pop audience.

Even with references to a judgmental male gaze critiquing unmatching socks and messy hair, Loveland’s charm spins a chorus line that supersedes gender appeal and offers the type of inspirational pick-me-up that more artists aught to aspire to.  “I’m good enough for me and all the things that I want to be, it’s still alright to be down sometimes, cause nobody is perfect and I know you’re not worth it, it’s still alright to be down sometimes” – lines like this just feel good to listen to.

Built around a simple song structure half way between the simple pop-punk and indie-pop hooks, the highest notes strike a playful balance between nostalgia and present day.  A hybrid combination of acoustic and plugged tunes ensure melodies are light and wispy, and succeed on the strength of their simplicity.

While an initial listen might make out the songs as a collection of childlike stories, Candy Hearts have in fact written songs about feelings.  No, these aren’t the blunt black-and-white claims of “I Miss You,” and “I Love You” like you hear on the radio; these are some of the most genuine accounts of life’s most overlooked moments – as they unfold in all their truthful awkwardness.  Personal favorite “Tongue Tied” describes the sensation of  “skipping over sentences, not using my words right… erasing every comma so all my thoughts collide” in a universal statement to anyone who has ever found themselves with butterflies fluttering in their stomach.  Others embrace failure as part of learning (“Lighter Than Air”), idolize that perfect role model from afar (“She’s So Cool”), and highlight the reality that you can’t hop in your car and drive away from your problems (“Asbury Park”).  While the album’s first half certainly steals the show, songs like “Something Special” and the uniquely quiet “What I’m Made Of” never let up.

With Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy, Candy Hearts have caught lightening is a bottle.  This quaint little collection of heartfelt melodies affords listeners the perfect chance for personal introspection and reflection.  Don’t let the initial simplicity deceive you; Everything Is Amazing & Nobody Is Happy is a deep journey of self-discovery just waiting to happen.  Come for the hooks – leave with a sense of life-spanning satisfaction.  Bravo.

Tours: Candy Hearts

Candy HeartsPop punk quartet Candy Hearts have announced upcoming tour schedule.  The band is currently supporting their new EP, The Best Ways to Disappear, which dropped earlier this month via Violently Happy Records.  The disc follows their 2011 full length, Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy.

The dates can be found here.


Candy Hearts Full EP Stream

Candy HeartsPop punk quartet Candy Hearts have released a full album stream of their upcoming new EP.  The EP is titled The Best Ways to Disappear and dropped today via Violently Happy Records.  The disc follows their 2011 full length, Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy.

Give the disc a listen here.

Video: Candy Hearts – Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault (Jawbreaker)

Candy HeartsAs part of Galmour Kill’s new “’90s Covers Series” sessions, Mariel Loveland of Candy Hearts recently performed a cover of Jawbreaker‘s classic tune, Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault. The acoustic rendition of the song can be seen below.

Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault originally appeared on Jawbreaker‘s seminal 1995 album Dear YouCandy Hearts are set to release their newest EP, The Best Ways To Disappear, on November 6th through Bridge Nine Records and Chad Gilbert’s (New Found Glory) new imprint label, Violently Happy Records.

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Candy Hearts Detail New EP

Candy HeartsPop punk quartet Candy Hearts have released the track listing for their recently announced new EP, The Best Ways to Disappear.  The disc is set for a November 6, 2012 release via Violently Happy Records.  The disc follows their 2011 full length, Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy.

Track listing can be found below.

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Tours: Daybreaker / Candy Hearts

Daybreaker has announced that they will be touring this fall with Candy Hearts.  The band continues to support their 2011 split 7″ with The American Scene (Pure Noise Records).

The tour is set to kick off in Glen Cove, NY on September 21 with a full list of venues to be announced next week.

Candy Hearts Record With Chad Gilbert, Release Acoustic E

Candy HeartsNew York/New Jersey pop-punkers Candy Hearts are heading into the studio with Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory to record this month in LA to record a new album. To help cover the costs, the band has self-released a 4-song acoustic EP  and Alternative Press premiered the brand new song song “Maybe” off of it on their website today.

The tracks “Tongue Tied” and“Asbury Park” are off their 2011 full-length, Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy on Kind of Like Records. The fourth track is a cover of “Miserable” by Lit.

Says frontwoman Mariel Loveland on their fundraising efforts:

“I think fundraising happens a lot more now than ever because of how the music industry has changed — particularly for small bands. Bands have to tour to get their name out there and it’s almost always when they sell the most merch. Unfortunately records are so expensive to make and tours are expensive in general. Most small bands barely scrape by, even with a great label behind them. So, to make money you get a job, but if you’re touring all the time you can’t hold that job. This is why bands have to be creative.”


Candy Hearts Post Photos From Video Shoot

Candy HeartsCandy Hearts have posted some photos from a recent video shoot for an upcoming music video.  The and last released Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy on Kind Of Like Records in 2011.

Check them out here.

Tours: Candy Hearts

Candy HeartsCandy Hearts has announced a new string of new tour dates.  The band continues to support their recent full length, Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy, released last year via Kind Of Like Records

Tour dates can be found below.  The band is currently finishing up a tour with Man Overboard.

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Tours: Candy Hearts / Man Overboard

Candy HeartsCandy Hearts have announced their February 2012 tour dates with Man Overboard. 

Tour dates can be found below.

The band recently premiered the brand new demo, I Want You, set to appear on their upcoming 2012 EP. Download it here

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Candy Hearts – I Want You

Candy HeartsNew York/New Jersey pop-punkers Handy Hearts have posted a brand new acoustic demo.  The demo is titled “I Want You” and is being offered as a free download over on Bandcamp.  The song is scheduled to appear on their upcoming 2012 EP.  Singer Mariel Loveland explains the new material:

“It’s about that feeling of sitting next to someone you are absolutely crazy about and the only thing you can think about is how much you want them — nothing else; it’s like your mind is blank — and you can’t tell them because you know they don’t feel the same way. It just devours you.”

The band last released Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy, Kind Of Like Records.  The full demo can be heard here.