Mini Review: Better Off, ‘Meth Head’

Posted 3 years ago by Joel Funk

It’s been a little over five months since I implied that Better Off was a band lacking an established emotional connection. The music on ‘(I Think) I’m Leaving’ was something a little different for the pop punk genre, but I didn’t find myself getting attached. At least not in the way I found myself latching onto vocalist Luke Granered’s side project, Bloom. Bloom creates pop music that is bitter and haunting, and I discredited Better Off as being a band responsible for just creating different pop punk. It’s fairly obvious that people saw something more to this band than I did. Kids everywhere were going crazy for Better Off, and within a year of releasing their debut album, they’ve now signed to Equal Vision and have a released a two song re-introduction to the band.

Better Off’s Equal Vision debut is a two song 7” called ‘Meth Head.’ This release completely changed the way I see this band; it made me a believer. The first ten seconds of the title track feel so bitter and so full of the emotion that I was looking for on their last LP. When everything picks up at the thirty second mark, it’s hard to not want to move. There is so much energy packed into this one song the bitter lyrics feel like an added bonus. I don’t know what got into Better Off, but I’m so happy that it did.

This newfound grit is still present on “I Was Better 10 Years Ago.” This song is crashing and heartbreaking sonically, with the story conveyed in the lyrics no different. I just can’t get over how incredibly emotional the music itself feels. It is a constant battering state of controlled chaos, with drums and guitars crashing in sync. You simply can’t help but to feel engulfed by this track.

I can finally see what everybody else has already seen in Better Off. This band is capable of writing some incredibly moving music, and I’m even more excited to see what the future has in store for them. Signing to Equal Vision is a huge step in the right direction, and if the songs on ‘Meth Head’ are any kind of indication of music to come; you can save me a seat on the bandwagon. 5/5