Premiere: “Loose Hearts” & Tough Love in The Collier’s Heavy New Hit

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There are those who play fast and loose with their love, moving fluidly through the world and stealing hearts along the way. They’re an enigma; should you fall for one such siren, you’ll inevitably find yourself alone, no matter how hard you tried to sway things in your favor. The Collier’s restless new single “Loose Hearts” captures the strain and tension of wanting someone for yourself, when they’re meant to be free.

Loose hearts sink ships
And you’ll move over it
I tried but I can’t quit
I’m too dumb to take offense
Listen: “Loose Hearts” – The Collier

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Loose Hearts,” the second single from UK indie rock band The Collier. Hailing from Southend on Sea, the four-piece of Joshua Hixson (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Ellis Davis (backing vocals and lead guitar), Shaun Bowie (bass), and George Rutherford (Drums) blend the sounds of Young the Giant, early Coldplay, and Catfish and the Bottlemen to create an emotional rock fusion that is as heavy as it is driving.

Loose Hearts - The Collier

Loose Hearts – The Collier

Though only the band’s second offering, “Loose Hearts” is telling of The Collier’s tremendous potential. Pent-up alt rock energy billow forth in waves of cacophonic turbulence as the band struggle to overcome dark moods and personal upheaval.

Where to? Who to show
One down, four to go
And you said you raised the dead
I’m not there
I, I’m too gone to make amends

“Our overall sound and direction has really matured over the years, and ‘Loose Hearts’ represents that development,” The Collier tell Atwood Magazine. “It’s not uncommon to look into yourself to try and find what else is there to contribute, so there’s definitely a sense of self deprecation we wanted to portray.” We certainly find a deep delve into the soul in “Loose Hearts” as singer Joshua Hixson struggle with his feelings.

It’s not enough to just “get over” someone, when you want that which you cannot have. We hear that pain vividly come to life as the band let loose in the chorus, charging forward with a deep sigh of letting go. The words themselves are barely audible, and that’s largely the point: It doesn’t matter what he’s saying, as no one’s there to listen. He’s shouting into darkness; all the passion in the world couldn’t save this heart from breaking.

This one’s your best defence
Look tough without the edge
I drive heart around the bend
Iiiii I’m too soft to watch it end
I guess
The Collier © 2018

The Collier © 2018

The Collier collaborated with producer Ali Staton (Madonna, Pulp, PJ Harvey) for this sophomore single, and the impact of such a seasoned ear definitely helped take their music to the next level: “Being in the studio with Ali was incredible – he really encouraged us to experiment with different sounds and styles, which inevitably helped us capture the energy of the live performance into the record.”

And you love what you know
I won’t be aching for
Watching the road
I’m ready to go
And you said you raised the dead I’m not there
Ahhhh
You move with confidence

“Loose Hearts” is the kind of song that will get you through your own meltdowns by pushing you all the way into them. Only when we fully embrace that which devastates us, can we eventually hope to move on with our live. With infectious pulse and dynamic energy, The Collier are proving themselves an artist to watch over the next few years as they come into their own with explosive and intimate strength.

Stream the band’s sophomore single, “Loose Hearts,” exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com