By Charlotte Lascelles
Here's have some life advice for you; support small local bands. Trust me when I say that they will be grateful for your support, they will be so happy that you've taken the time to go and see their live shows, honestly it will make their night.
Now you may remember our interview that we did with Better Days a few weeks ago and if not here's a quick reminder; they're an upcoming pop-punk band from Newcastle who within the space of a year since their formation have played with the likes of Mariachi El Bronx and WSTR, and have released four singles; A Lesson In Struggling to Cope, This House, Worthless and Thick Skin.
They have just embarked on a small headline tour that included a homecoming gig at Think Tank and concluded at Manchester's Retro Bar last night.
Playing a short but sweet set, Better Days went through their discography of singles as well as throwing in a quick cover of Lit's My Own Worst Enemy into the mix. Their onstage presence and musical style was reminiscent of the old school pop-punk movement that happened in the early 2000s, a movement which a lot of people still hold on to dearly and which, in complete honesty, needs to make a comeback.
Influence from today's pop-punk was also present in their performance, like think of today's legends like Neck Deep and WSTR. What also stood out was their onstage banter amongst themselves which showed how well gelled they were together along with showing that they're here to have a good time.
Even though it was a short set Better Days were able to demonstrate their talent and potential to become huge in the next few years and is likely to become part of movement that will allow old-school pop-punk to make a comeback.
You can check them out at Slam Dunk North on the Rock Sound Breakout stage (congratulations by the way!) and on their upcoming tour in September.
Their debut EP, Overcast, is due out later this year.