One of the world’s few true universal experiences is heartbreak. It will eventually plague every member of the human race, in one form or another, as we all struggle to come to terms with a relationship that just couldn’t go the distance. This conceit is at the core of Sundays, the latest EP from the New York-based indie rockers of Loose Buttons. The record, which will be officially released tomorrow, is making its exclusive premiere on The 405.
Billed as “the ultimate guide to relationship comedown,” Sundays is a fearless four-track collection, unafraid to delve into the dark, disheveled mess that often erupts in the aftermath of a breakup. Frontman Eric Nizgretsky offers an irresistible croon that explores difficult, painful questions: What went wrong? Was it my fault? Where do I go from here?
The narrative comes together beautifully, in no small part thanks to the 60s-indebted arrangements Nizgretsky’s bandmates lay down behind his poignant vocals. The band’s jangly, emotive guitar lines and angelic backing vocals carry a Beach Boys-style innocence, such as on ‘Am I The Only Reason?’ Even when the songs kick into overdrive to deliver an anthemic burst, all the questions and heartbreak-inspired confusion make for a twinkly, intoxicating and sorrowful listen.
While one case of heartache likely provided the initial fuel for this record, the universal experience of love pains surely helped each member offer their best performances. According to the band, the cathartic drive to make Sundays was incredibly important for the final product.
“Sundays was born in the confusion, the anger, the introspection and ultimately the acceptance that comes at the end of a meaningful relationship,” says Nizgretsky. “Throughout the process, I found a couple of positive ways to work through such an uncomfortable set of emotions: one was documenting what I felt as vividly as possible, and the other was having my band mates to lean on when things got really tough. Sundays is a direct result of both of those. It’s not only our most honest body of work, but it’s the one I needed the most.
// The 405