Better Lovers are a brand-new band that you are guaranteed to love without even hearing a second of music. That’s because it is made up of Greg Puciato [The Dillinger Escape Plan], Jordan Buckley [Every Time I Die], Clayton “Goose” Holyoak [Every Time I Die], Stephen Micciche [Every Time I Die], and Will Putney [Fit For An Autopsy, END]. Yeah, what a fucking line-up.
Jordan had this to say about the coming together of the band and what it represents for him:
“Looking back, I’m so happy everything got me to where I am. The pandemic and the last few years made me hungrier and more grateful. This isn’t a hobby. This isn’t temporary. This is the next evolution for each of us. Greg and Will rejuvenated me and made me even more confident. Now, everybody needs to know we’re a wild animal that just broke out of the zoo—there’s no trying to put it back in the cage.”
Greg added this about how he got involved:
“Jordan sent me some already finished instrumental tracks, and they hit me at just the right time. Those tracks woke up a side of me that I thought was fully extinct but was merely evolving and changing. To my complete surprise, there was still something left in that area to dig at, and the vessel for it made sense.”
And Will summed it up brilliantly:
“It’s a group of loaded weapons all firing at full power ready for the next chapter of our music careers, and I can confidently say our collective best work is ahead of us.”
The band have also shared their first track together, and it is something else. It’s called “30 Under 13” and is as gruelling, chaotic and fantastically abrasive as you would hope the sum of its parts would be. Skull-splitting one minute, intensely catchy the next, and even finding time for a stunning thrash break in the middle of all that noise, it is a smokey and savage piece of modern heavy music that will have you swinging from the nearest chandelier.
Here it is. Bang your head: