Better Left Alone are a 5 piece pop-punk band based in Preston. Clearly very organised and hard-working, the band are busy and up and coming. They have released their latest offerings as an extended play.
The 5 track EP is very solid. The songs all follow suit, with the next as strong as the last. The band is obviously very clear as to what sound they are aiming to achieve, and do the job well. The songs are at the perfect length without feeling drawn out, and the band do a great job in breaking up each one up with breakdowns, middle eights, solos and riffs.
They have partnered with an experienced producer, and it clearly shows. The songs are at a continuous level, well recorded and well mixed. Every instrument can be heard and effects that are often tricky to capture in recording, such as harmonies and intertwined backing vocals, are flawless.
The EP is very bold and competent in its very busy and competitive field of pop-punk. Although pop-punk, particularly with younger bands, is often felt outplayed and unoriginal, Better Left Alone stand out as one of the stronger unsigned bands in the genre. The songs are well written, well-played and sung, well produced, but most importantly, very consistent.
Perfect for pop-punk diehards.