PREVIEW: Best Ex at Bottom of the Hill, July 10

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Photo courtesy of artist; edits by Baeside.

Running into an ex-love isn’t always fun, but BEST EX is definitely a band you’ll want to catch.

Formerly known as Candy Hearts, the New Jersey natives have been all over the alternative music scene. They’ve toured worldwide with bands like We Are The In Crowd and State Champs, and were also part of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. The name change reflects a change in outlook for frontwoman Mariel Loveland, who wanted to break up with the emotions that drove the band’s original pop punk sound. Reimagining their style, they’ve now got an EP out on July 14 called Ice Cream Anti Social.

Rich with synths and upbeat hooks, the latest release seems promising of feel-good jams that still carry some pop punk attitude. The debut single, “Girlfriend,” takes the topic of crushing on a taken friend and puts it with a danceable pop melody. “Part of me wants part of you / to do the things we should never do,” sings Loveland.

“Someday,” the second single off the album, is a catchy reassurance about eventually figuring things out. The chorus beams with hope, featuring lyrics impossible not to sing along with: “Someday we’re going to get it / someday we’re going to get it right.”

Best Ex hits Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on July 10. Tickets are available now.