Sunday, November 15, 2015

Album Review: 'Better Whenever' by Elway

Title: Better Whenever (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)

Elway's fourth full-length album (counting ...Too Bad which was originally released under the name 10-4 Eleanor) Better Whenever is melodic poppy indie punk excellence while at the same time boasting a dark and melancholy atmosphere. What's great about Elway's music is that it takes the melody and pop sensibility and perfectly mixes it with the brooding nature of desperation and self-deprecation but even more than that, what makes this band so great is their relate-ability. This is the music of the modern-day aging misfit but it's also the soundtrack to some outcast kid's high school career because it speaks to the universal truths of those living just under the radar and outside of the box. Better Whenever is the kind of record that makes me feel at home and safe and shows me that I am not alone in this crazy-ass world.  This record is a must for fans of The Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers, The Copyrights, Alkaline Trio, and The Ataris.   

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