It can be hard to get excited about listening to a new pop-punk EP, especially as it’s a genre which isn’t exactly known for its originality. England has an ever-expanding pop-punk scene, with many new bands popping up weekly. It can be hard to wade through the masses, but every once in a while you’ll find a band that will help to reinstall your faith in the genre.
One of these gems is Better Than Never, a six-piece group from Oxford, as they showcase on their latest EP, ‘Head Under Water’. One of the band’s most unique aspects is their line-up. They have three guitarists and two vocalists, which makes it almost impossible for them not to make an impact.
Although many musicians would find it hard to make themselves heard with so much competition, it’s clear from the get-go that the members aren’t fighting for the limelight, and they manage to create a distinctive and unique sound.
Melodies are a huge part of Better Than Never‘s sound, which is clearly apparent in ‘Learning To Swim’. The guitar work is stellar; there are so many different riffs and melodies going on, which makes it almost impossible for the listener to get bored. Contrasting clean and harsh vocals are nothing new, but it’s always refreshing to hear it being done well.
The main reason why Better Than Never are so enjoyable to listen to is due to their energy. You can hear the passion and the excitement in every note and lyric, which leaves you wanting to press the repeat button over and over.
In 2016, Better Than Never shared the stage with the likes of As It Is, Don Broco, Boston Manor, and Creeper, so it’ll be interesting to see exactly where 2017 takes them.
Written by Julia Conopo (@JuliaConopo)