Better Days
Songs About Drinking


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
March 16th, 2011 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Remember having good times / Remember having best friends"

Good times with friends. Brews with the boys and sex with the girl next door. Sometimes it’s easy to focus the negativity of music, the fact that most of it is written under times of duress and hard times. This makes it all the more refreshing when you find bands that can take you back to easier times, the moments where, yeah, your life could be shitty and messed up, but at the moment none of that matters. St. Louis hardcore act, Better Days, is an embodiment of taking all the bad moments of life and putting them on hold. Similar to fellow acts Paint it Black and Shook Ones, Better Days isn’t necessarily pushing the envelope when it comes to melodic hardcore, but is essentially a throwback to the band’s name, better days. Their sonic formula is nothing inventive and has been done plenty of times before, by much better bands as well, but there is a unprecedented level of honesty found on Songs About Drinking. The album cover and album name itself is a throwback that has been done over and over, yet the fact that Better Days is so blatantly honest in their approach to positive hardcore makes it that much more of an album to love. Songs like ‘Stay Calm’ belts out uplifting anthems such as “Fight when you have to, walk when you can / Don’t act in anger or you’re going to lose again”. Heavily counter to the ethos of ‘stand up and fight!’ Better Days shows a surprising amount of depth from an EP that seems overly shallow in nature.

Forget yesterday’s mistakes and start working on tomorrow / Life is too short to dwell in pain and sorrow

You won’t find too much in terms of originality in Songs About Drinking. But here’s what you will get; blunt honesty, a fun time, and throwback songs from a time where hardcore was about living life to its fullest, not about the negativity. Better Days does their formula of music in such a way that it brings back the nostalgia of house parties, cow-tipping, and chill times when the only people who had your back where your friends. Not precisely juvenile in nature, as Better Days have more depth than that, but exactly what their name says, a time of better days.



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cvlts
March 16th 2011


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

get this for free at their bandcamp:

http://betterdays314.bandcamp.com/

Tyrael
March 16th 2011


20974 Comments


Lol are they serious about this? Obvious parody is obvious.

Inveigh
March 16th 2011


25209 Comments


cool review, this sounds right up my alley. plus I lived in St. Louis for 3 1/2 years so I've always had a soft spot for the scene down there.

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cvlts
March 16th 2011


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanx dude. short and obviously not my best, mostly just so more people can hear about these guys.

ConsiderPhlebas
March 16th 2011


6157 Comments


Lol are they serious about this? Obvious parody is obvious.





Guessing you wouldn't like kid606's 'Songs About Fucking Steve Albini'



cvlts
March 16th 2011


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

or the coprights/the dopemines 'Songs About Fucking Up'

iFghtffyrdmns
March 16th 2011


7047 Comments


short read but sweet read, nicely done.
gonna check this in like 22 minutes

scissorlocked
March 16th 2011


3511 Comments


awesome album cover and good review man

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Hep Kat
March 16th 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this shit. "no ghosts" is my new jam


bass on this album is pretty sw8 too

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couldwinarabbit
March 16th 2011


6996 Comments


people do know that the cover is a knock-off of "Songs about fucking" right?

Hep Kat
March 16th 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HOLY SHIT REALLY NOW DO TELL

ConsiderPhlebas
March 16th 2011


6157 Comments


Rabbit is truly the oracle of sputnik

couldwinarabbit
March 16th 2011


6996 Comments


well obviously hep kat would but the reviewer makes no mention to it, seems kinda important.

cvlts
March 16th 2011


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album cover and album name itself is a throwback that has been done over and over

facepalm

couldwinarabbit
March 16th 2011


6996 Comments


ow it's you. Sorry man. I'd add it to the review cause comments like this

"awesome album cover and good review man" make me think people don't realize it. As Songs about fucking isn't that popular.

ConsiderPhlebas
March 16th 2011


6157 Comments


Yeah add it to the review. Oh wait...

Hep Kat
March 16th 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude rabbit i think everyone pretty much knows this is a big black rip

cvlts
March 16th 2011


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is dumb

ConsiderPhlebas
March 16th 2011


6157 Comments


He can't be reasoned with. He can't be bargained with. He's out there and he absolutely will not stop.

Hep Kat
March 16th 2011


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so yeah it's bands like this that remind me why i like hardcore. i spend so much time listening to dark, heavy whatevercore now that i often forget how much fun this posi youth crew shit is



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