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Better Than Never - ‘Head Above Water’

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 2 December at 16.07

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Pleasing pop-punk.

The UK pop-punk train is still speeding along, and more bands join the cause every day. Oxford’s Better Than Never are among the latest batch, and on this second EP they deliver a sharp, sentimental, yet snotty take on the genre.

While ‘Forty Eight’ throws a serious spanner in the works with its lumpen chugs and deep growls, the self-analysing ‘Learn To Swim’ and rousing ‘Lowhill Lane’ make ‘Head Above Water’ a perfectly acceptable example of the genre.

With a little luck it should please ears over in the U.S., as much as here on home soil. 

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