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Strangers You Know's 'Loosen Up the Leash' EP Explores Hookup Culture: Premiere

Ahead of their performances at Coachella, SXSW, and beyond, listen to the indie-pop/folk outfit's new EP, streaming on Fuse first

You know when you keep seeing a band pop up on every festival lineup that it seems inevitable they're about to break out? That's the sense we're getting with Strangers You Know, who are booked for everything from Coachella and Hangout Fest to Firefly and SXSW this festival season. 

The L.A.-based indie-pop/folk outfit should solidify its staying power with a new EP, Loosen Up the Leash, premiering exclusively on Fuse ahead of its release. Listen above to all six tracks, centered around lead single "Used" that amplifies a bluesy, folk sound catered for a live arena. 

Strangers You Know's main instrumentalist Adam Haagen (who handles everything from piano and guitar to banjo and mandolin) tells us, "It was important to give the whole song a catchy, but darker tone to keep in line with the lyrics, because after all, the song is about the modern age of casual relationships and the mixed feeling our generation have accepted as the norm." See the tracklist below:

1. Tied
2. Believe in Me
3. Middle
4. Tell Me I'm Alright
5. Used
6. Sparrow Hand

Vocalist/guitar Grady Lee adds: 

"The EP in its entirety more or less encapsulates the ups and downs of a casual thing I got a little too deep into last year. 'Used' came in the middle of it when the feelings started boiling out. It’s difficult for me to consistently hook up with someone that I really get along with, and I’m a bit of a hypocrite because I can’t help but want all of someone while not giving them all of me. I rarely get deep enough to be hurt by anyone, but I dove farther than usual this time and it got hard to breathe. The goal of the EP was to illustrate the dynamics of the collective, and establish that we won't be pigeon holed. It might be jarring at first, like breaching the atmosphere of a new planet. But that's kind of the point. It was a fucking nightmare and a dream trying to get it done right and on time. Lots of juggling, broken corresponding, and irony."

Loosen Up the Leash will be officially released on Friday, March 11. After you listen to the EP, watch the music video for "Used":

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