Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with On Better Terms.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
ON BETTER TERMS: We are On Better Terms, from Dallas, TX. We blend grovvy/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. 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 the desire to express ourselves outside daily life really made us want to start this project
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ON BETTER TERMS: Our Influences span a wide range, but we would narrow it down to La Dispute, Touche Amore, Troubled Coast, and Being As An Ocean.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ON BETTER TERMS: 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 over the last year, and we feel it’s the best thing we’ve ever put out in terms of writing and production.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ON BETTER TERMS: 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.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
ON BETTER TERMS: The plan for the band is to continue to write music and tour until we can’t do this anymore.