By Shain E. Thomas (@ShainEThomas)
Scheduled for release early in July 2017, Better Now, Fort Worth’s up-and-coming punk / emo / alternative band has announced the split “Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends Split.”
The quality of both ‘Back Pains’ and ‘Fim Duture,’ the two-tracks included on “Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends Split,” should not surprise anyone. The new split reflects the quality of that seen with the three EPs the band released last year.
Better Now is arguably one of the best up-and-coming Fort Worth bands people should follow.
Consisting of Lillian Cormack on vocals, Louis Lopez on lead guitar / vocals, Alex Weymier on bass / backing vocals and Addison Nelson on drums, the North Texas band released its first EP “Words and Wires” Feb. 2016.
The seven-track tape released EP, with artwork crafted by Yasmine Banks, runs 17 minutes 49 seconds. The EP is one of the better records released in North Texas last year.
Cormack on vocals is sublime. She hits every note perfectly. The beauty of this band is that each member of the quartet plays to their strengths, subsequently complementing the other members flawlessly.
Much of Words and Wires features Cormack on lead vocals; however, for the track ‘Randy Warhol’ the lead singer is Lopez. Great work.
Hot on the footsteps of the tape release of the band’s first EP “Words and Wires,” Aug. 2016 saw the release of “Reasons I Can’t Sleep.”
“Reasons I Can’t Sleep,” Better Now’s second EP, features artwork created by Clint Williams.
It was around the same time the CD of Better Now’s EP “Words and Wires” was released in an Eco-Sleeve. The artwork for the CD release of “Words and Wires” was fashioned by Williams.
“Reasons I Can’t Sleep,” a five track EP, runs 17 minutes 43 seconds.
Better Now’s second EP “Reasons I Can’t Sleep” is every bit as captivating as the band’s first offering “Words and Wires.”
Even though Cormack and Lopez seamlessly complement each other on “Words and Wires,” there is something about the way in which the two Fort Worth singers present this second EP which suggests a heightened degree of synchronicity and subsequently timing.
If anything, the second track ‘A Cute Puncture’ on “Reasons I Can’t Sleep” shows how Cormack and Lopez have grown in their respective ability to sing as a duet.
Released in Oct. 2016, Better Now’s third record “Funky Town Sessions” is somewhat of a best of EP.
Presenting their fans with an alternative version of tracks released on the first two offerings is inspired. It proves without a shadow of doubt Better Now can take their own work and repackage it for a different audience.
The band’s fourth release is available on pre-order on 100 / transparent gold 7″ vinyl, 200 / white with red splatter 7″ vinyl and CD, is a two-track sensation. “Greg Cote & The Real Life Friends Split” is slated to ship in late June or early July. According to the band, the final ship date will be announced shortly.
Even though the EPs are spectacular, there is nothing quite like listening to a band live. This is no less true of Better Now than it is of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. There is nothing like live entertainment.
Better Now will be entertaining the crowds at Backyard on Bell in Denton and at the Brainhole Fest 2017 in Fort Worth on March 28 and May 5 2017, respectively.
Photos Courtesy of Better Now. Check out Better Now here: https://betternow.bandcamp.com/