On Better Terms is a band based out of Dallas, TX. OBT fuses groovy melodies, and jazzy-driven rhythms with harsh yells and spoken word vocals.
The band released their self-titled EP in 2015, and followed it up with their second record ‘Superbloom’ in May 2017. OBT also released an acoustic stripped down version of their popular songs, with the in-studio live record ‘The Attic Suite Sessions’, released in Fall 2017. The band emphasizes subjects such as accepting death, their struggles with religion and spirituality, enjoying youth, depression, and hope. OBT released their first full-length album, ‘Waves’ on 1/8/19
How would you describe your music?
We like to think our music is a blend of heavy driving riffs, groovy rhythms, mixed with punk vocals, and spoken word.
Tell us about the history of the project?
One day back in 2013, Andrew showed Alex some lyrics that he had written, so Alex began writing music with our old bass player while Andrew was finishing his last year of college. We wrote 8 songs in that time, chose 5, and released our self-titled EP. We’ve been touring and playing shows ever since.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Our influences and heroes have a wide range, but our primary influences are Troubled Coast, Being As An Ocean, Touche Amore, and La Dispute.
What inspires you?
Nature, family, life events, the appreciation of music in general.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
How we like to write is exactly how we wrote Waves. We do a lot of writing on our own, and then bring it together to flesh out ideas and add details. If the song doesn’t work out, we scratch it and try again.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Andrew: ‘Violent Means’
Alex Rincon: ‘Wilted’
Josh: ‘What You Make It’u
Alex Kershner: ‘Reimagine’
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
There’s a bunch of different ways you can answer this question, so to keep it simple we’ll just say our influences would be a dream of ours.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It definitely feels very saturated and it evolves very quickly with how fast information moves in the age of social media. Bands are forced to try and stand out in some unique way, which helps bands push each other to improve.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
On our first long tour, we played in an abandoned house in the middle of the Ohio valley. There was only one room in the house with power which was run by a gas generator. Next to the stage, there was a makeshift plywood half pipe built into the living room. People were skating right in front of us while we were playing, and those who weren’t were going crazy for our music despite never having heard of us. It’s our favourite show we ever played.
What are your future plans?
We plan on consistently touring to cities and states we’ve never been to, as well as continuing to write new music.