Introduce us to your band!
We are On Better Terms, from Dallas, TX. We blend groovy/indie guitar riffs with harsh vocals as well as some spoken word. We try to express and evoke as much emotion as possible. We would define ourselves as a harmony between chaos and melody.
How did you guys start out?
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. Our collective love for music and similar bands as well as the desire to express ourselves outside daily life really made us want to start this project.
Describe your band’s sound
We like to think our music is a blend of heavy driving riffs, groovy rhythms, mixed with punk vocals, and spoken word.
What influences your craft?
We’re influenced to write music by our experiences and the need for an outlet for depression and frustrations. We write a lot about struggles with existential anxiety and the desire to experience more as well hope, love, and loss. Our songs 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 flipside, we write about our hope for love towards ourselves, others and the planet.
What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
We feel our live shows are a celebration of emotion and a culmination of the natural feelings of life. A very raw and beautiful experience that guide the audience toward inner reflection and resolution. 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.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Anything off our new record Waves would be the quintessential track for us. We really don’t feel like we try to fit into a specific musical genre, but rather work towards communicating a specific emotion or feeling in our music. We really want our first-time listeners to remember that it made them think about something, enough to where they would want to listen again.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The music industry is extremely saturated, so that can present a strong challenge for most musicians today. There are more bands than ever but there are also more listeners and more ways to discover new music than ever. It’s definitely difficult to make it in music, but I think it’s up to bands to make the best possible product in a unique way so that you can stand out. You have to come up with ways to make people want to listen to your music and see your shows.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Writing and releasing this record is a big highlight for us. It’s our first full-length record that we spent over a year writing, and it was one of the most stressful and amazing things we’ve ever been a part of creatively.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We don’t have a specific plan or idea in mind. We’re just making music and want to tour as much as possible, wherever that leads us.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
We would like to be remembered as some guys who wrote some powerful and emotional music. We hope that you can relate to our music the way we have been able to over the years and hope it’s able to help you through whatever you’re going through—positive or negative. We just want to write the music we love, play as many shows in as many different places as possible and hopefully gain some fans and have an impact on people along the way.