Leaving in words On Better Terms

On Better Terms is a band based out of Dallas, TX fusing groovy melodies, and jazzy-driven rhythms with harsh yells and spoken word vocals. It is a fresh voice bringing unique vibe to not only their local but increasingly the national scene. We had the pleasure to find out more about the rising roar of On Better Terms exploring its beginnings, musical intent, their great new album and more…

Hi all and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

Can you first introduce the band and tell us about its origins?

We are On Better Terms and we got started when vocalist Andrew brought his lyrics to guitarist Alex who began writing songs while Andrew was still in college. We got together to write and record when we could and once Andrew graduated we added a bassist and drummer and started writing even more and practicing a set. We’ve been playing shows and releasing music ever since.

Have you been or are involved in other bands? If so has that experience had any impact on what you are doing within On Better Terms?

Most of us have been or are currently involved in other projects of all different genres including pop punk, jazz, metalcore and southern rock. I wouldn’t say that these projects have inspired a change in direction but they are definitely evident in the way we write and the natural evolution of our sound.

What inspired the band name?

We originally started out as capital but decided against after a few months and Andrew eventually came up with On Better Terms. It just seemed to encompass our ideas and attitude; always trying to make the best of our experiences and relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

We really started it as more of a release than anything; we needed it to purge our emotions from daily life. Of course we have bands that influence our sound but we ultimately just wanted to be ourselves and allow listeners to feel and think what we were and hopefully relate to it in some way.

And the same things still drive the band or have they evolved over time?

We definitely started it for fun and as a release but now that we’ve been around for some time we definitely have aspirations to play more shows in more cities to more people. We’ll always write the music we want and that itself will drive us but we want to continue to grow our brand and as musicians.

Since those early days, how would you say your sound has grown?

Well we’ve all gotten better at what we do and the rotating members we’ve had have contributed different aspects to our music. We have always tried to do something a little different with each release; recently we’ve add more clean vocals and gotten more creative and collaborative with how the guitars and drums work together.

So it been more of an organic movement of sound or more the band deliberately wanting to try new things?

I would definitely say organic. You can say you want to change your sound but ultimately everyone has their style and we just have to try things and see what comes together.

You mentioned there are bands which have influenced your sound; are there any in particular which have impacted keenly not only on the band’s music but equally your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

Absolutely!

Is there a general process to the band’s songwriting?

Typically, Alex will write some riffs on his own and show them to the rest of the group. We’ll jam it and start to build around it, if we dig it then we’ll continue to develop it and add details as well as start writing lyrics for it, if we don’t then we scratch it and try again.

And where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of songs?

Our lyrics span several topics but depression, existential anxiety, and the desire to break these cycles and experience happiness and personal success are often underlying themes in a lot of our songs. On the flip side we write about our hope for love towards ourselves, others and the planet.

Would you give us some background to your latest release?

We just released our first full length record called Waves. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time and are very proud to release. It’s the culmination of all our hard work and it’s the best thing we’ve ever put out in terms of writing as well as production.

Give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.

Waves is all about the cycles that we experience on a global and personal level. It covers the trajectory of mankind, the evolution of cyclical depression, losing loved ones, and the attempt to cope with all of this while being plagued with nihilistic apathy.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

A little bit of both. We usually have most of the songs ready to record as is but sometimes we like to collaborate on the spot with each other as well as with input from our producer Brandon Sanders. Sometimes the songs can sound quite different once they’re done than what we came in with.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably a favourite aspect of the band.

We like to think that our live show is the best feature of our band. We try to bring as much energy and emotion to our live set as possible. The guitar tones and lyrics seem to hit so much harder in person. We also have a light show rigged up to sync with our music that definitely contributes to our aesthetic.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?

Yeah definitely. Dallas is an extremely saturated market and there’s a show of some kind almost every night but there’s also a lot of niche scenes that tend to crossover and collaborate. It’s for sure hard to stand out but there are a ton of great bands that push each other to be better and more creative and there are some really impressive bands that have culminated a local and regional following.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?

If you have a good answer on how to maximize our potential on social media, let us know! We use it constantly trying to reach as many potential fans as possible but it’s hard to say if it helps or hinders what we’re trying to do. You could argue it’s both a positive avenue to spread the word but negative in the sense that there are so many bands doing the same thing on social media. You really have to get creative to get people engaging in your content.

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

We plan to tour a lot and play some new cities this year so keep an eye out and go jam our new record!

 

Discover more about and from On Better Terms at…

https://www.facebook.com/onbetterterms/   https://twitter.com/onbetterterms   https://onbetterterms.bandcamp.com/

Pete RingMaster 15/02/2019

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Warish – Self Titled EP

Like a crawling yet animated pestilence, comes a sound and aural ruin which infests the senses like a carnivorous scourge; a sonic trespass which within the debut release from US outfit Warish rises up as one highly fascinating and seriously enticing affair.

Formed by guitarist/vocalist Riley Hawk and drummer Bruce McDonnell, the 2018 emerging SoCal based band has seen a bit of a buzz brewing around it and it is easy to hear why across the five tracks making up the first Warish EP. It is a ravenously malignant and carnally caliginous invasion as visceral as it is fearsomely compelling; a raw gripping trespass bred from a fusion of raw horror punk, sludge infested grunge and feral noise punk.

The EP took a mere breath to assault and stir ears and appetite through opener Bones, its initial riff struck bait the first thick lure in a voracious tide of punk ‘n’ roll. The effect tampered vocals only add to the already persuasive hell spawned temptation immersing track and listener, the threat and nag of rhythms escalating the insurgent swing and sonic infestation of the song’s slavery. Akin to a feral mix of The Scaners and The Hangmen in league with The Horrors and Misfits both in their formative years, the track effortlessly enslaved as too its successor which rises up from the sonic bridge between the two.

Riding in on a manipulative tide of rhythms, Voices quickly took control with its untamed groove and concussive attack easily sparking another round of lust with its inhuman exploits before Fight brings its own magnetic personality to proceedings. There is a mutual bedevilment and nightmare to the first pair of tracks even in their individuality but their successor reveals a whole fresh aspect to the Warish sound and adventure with melodic and psych rock imagination. It still has the punk and metal nurtured hues but entangled in a broader flavouring of styles and twisted enterprise.

The final pair of Human Being and Shivers similarly adds their own particular differences; the first seemingly fed on the riffs of Black Sabbath and the second seeded in old school punk subsequently soaked in the hellacious corrosiveness of stoner rock, heavy metal, and surf punk. Neither quite exploited the passions as the first trio of tracks but both easily escalated the lure and enjoyment of the debut Warish EP; and joined all in inspiring a hunger for plenty more from the rather exciting, potential strapped band.

The Warish EP is out now on 7” vinyl and download through RidingEasy; available @ https://www.ridingeasyrecs.com/product/warish-7/ and https://warish.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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Pete RingMaster 12/02/2019

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Anticipating Days To Come

Blending pop-styled vocal melodies with heavier, intricate instrumentation, Georgia, US based hard rock band Days To Come has increasingly made a mark on attention and success since emerging in 2014. We recently had the pleasure to get to the heart of the band exploring its origins, growth, latest release and more…

 Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started?

Justin – My name is Justin Goodson and I’m the vocalist for the Georgia based hard rock band Days To Come. Brandon Rix is our guitarist and Jalen Hall is our drummer. We try to blend pop-styles vocal melodies over heavier, intricate music.

The band officially formed in 2014. I met Brandon at a local music store one afternoon before a gig and we hit it off pretty quickly. Jalen joined us in early 2018. We’ve had a few line-up changes over the years but we feel pretty confident in the team we currently have.

Is Days To Come your first venture in music or have you been involved in other bands before?

Jalen – Nope, this is my first band.

What inspired the band name?

Justin – I thought of the name Days To Come one day while I was at my day job. I was frustrated because we had all of the pieces to form a band except for a drummer and it is always so difficult finding a drummer! I knew that we would eventually find one and everything would work out in the future, but that moment of frustration gave birth to the name.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

Justin – I started playing the guitar when I was 17 and I started to take singing seriously in my 20s. I knew then that I wanted to be in a band. I played solo acoustic gigs for years trying to find a band or form one. Nothing really worked out until Days, which I’m thankful for.

I would like us to continue to blend clean, pop styled vocal melodies with heavier music. I don’t hear a lot of that being done in modern rock and I hope that it will help separate us (in a good way).

Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

Brandon – I would think so. One of the main goals is to get the band to become successful enough for it to sustain itself. That’s been one of our goals since day one.

How would you say your sound has evolved since the band’s early days?

Brandon – The sound of the band overtime has become more unified with the “song first” mentality. I remember my tone used to be whatever sounded good for me, and my solos were pure wankery. Now I believe I’m more meshed with the band, and my solos are more in line with the song.

Has it been more of an organic movement of sound or more the band deliberately trying out new things?

Justin – Definitely an organic growth… Brandon and I have been working together since 2013 and, I feel like, we’ve finally settled into what we’re pursuing, sonically speaking. Earlier on, we would write and “whatever happened just happened”. Now, we have a clearer vision of what we’re chasing with these new songs.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

Justin – Alter Bridge is one of my biggest musical influences. They’ve helped shape me as an artist so much. However, like most artists, I found myself emulating my heroes with my writing. I learned a lot through this, but it’s taken a long time to find “my voice”. I wanna use what I’ve learned to better my songwriting, not just write songs that sound like theirs.

Is there a particular process to the band’s songwriting?

Justin – Typically, Brandon and I will get together with a few acoustic guitars and work out the skeleton of the song. I’ll either have lyrics already written or will write some to go with the music. Sometimes they come really quickly and other times they’ll take weeks to finish.

Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to that lyrical side?

Justin – I love melodies and stories. I started writing my first song when I was around 9 years old. I didn’t think it was very good, so I threw it in the trash. I didn’t start writing again until I was around 19…Pretty crazy how life works out.

I grew up in a military household and had the opportunity to move and experience a lot of cultures as a kid and teenager. I’m sure these experiences helped shape and influence my songwriting.

The lyrics are typically about the struggle of choice and doing the right thing in any given situation. Lyrically, I seem to continue to run back to that theme. I enjoy not necessarily having a definitive resolution in the story of the lyrics. I feel like this gives the listener the freedom to come up with his or her own conclusion and it’ll make the song more personal for them.

Give us some background to your latest release. 

Brandon – Our latest release is our new single Siren (released January 25th). We’re always trying to expanding on what the Days To Come “sound” is and, when we were working on Siren, everything clicked. We knew that the feel of Siren was what we were after and what we would continue to chase in future songs. Siren is punchy, melodic, musical, and memorable. We hope that our fans enjoy it!

Could you give us some insight to the theme and premise behind Siren?

Justin – Siren is about a toxic relationship. The individual in the story continues to crawl back to what he/she knows is ultimately bad for them.

 Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

Brandon – We try to go to the studio with the final ideas established. However, we always tend to change parts of the songs for the better as we evolve. I can’t tell you how many times after we recorded Color we said, “Hey, wait. This sounds nifty. Let’s do this.” And we recorded Color years ago.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably one of the favourite aspects of being in the band?

Jalen – There’s just so much energy on stage that never falters. That’s by far my favorite thing about the band.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?

Justin – I believe there is always an opportunity to make a mark. It just depends on how hard and how long the artist is willing to put in the work. No one is gonna hand it to you. Like everything in life, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?

Justin – Social media is such a wonderful tool – especially for indie artists and bands. We live in the golden age of indie artists. For the first time, indie artists are able to produce, distribute, and market their work completely DIY and without a major label.

This is huge.

Social media and the connection it brings just help that cause. Artists should take the time to learn how to use social media to better grow and connect with their audience.

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

Jalen – We’re so thankful for all of the support we’re given. We can’t wait to get out on the road and support our single Siren.

Check out Days To Come further @…

https://daystocomemusic.com   https://www.facebook.com/daystocomemusic/  https://twitter.com/daystocomemusic

Pete RingMaster 15/02/2019

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