Never Betters are fast, dirty, and filled with the kind of angst and pulsating energy and spirit we can’t help but soak up. The Ontario based post-pop-punk band, who describe themselves as “never fucking better, bud,” have a split EP dropping March 16th with fellow Ontario three-piece Grievances, and today we’re doing an exclusive stream of “Guns + Roses’ Roses” right here for your thirsty ears. Press play and listen.
“It was a bit of serendipity,” says the band of how the EP came about. “We had just booked recording time when we were approached by our good friends Grievances about putting out a split record. We share a bassist (Pat) and guitarist (Dan) between the two bands, so it made sense to work together, having a record put out by the very record shop Dan works at. We picked four out of the six songs from those recording sessions, and Grievances came up with the name of the record as a joke which just stuck. Maybe we’ll get sued.”
Hopefully they don’t. Filled with four killer tracks featuring mainly autobiographical lyrics from their lead singer April exploring cathartic reflections and nostalgia, the record portrays coming of age, addiction, relationships, and heartbreak, “in other words, coming to grips with the loss of youth.” We personally believe there’s no such thing as the loss of youth, but sure, we can relate. Recorded with Simon Larochette at the Sugar Shack, Never Betters produced the album themselves, “our half of it, at least.” Look for these babes touring through Canada in April and May. “The rest of the year,” they tell me, “is a blank canvas we are excited to fill.” –Maya Eslami