Inspired by their love of pop punk, Better Days have created their own take on the genre they grew up with. Taking influence from a wide range of bands and artists, Better Days set them self a clear aim; to create a record with songs unlike any other modern day pop punk band whilst still paying homage to the pop punk / emo genre of the early 2000s. the band’s debut EP “Overcast” sees the Newcastle based band combine all the elements of music they love into their own fast-paced hard hitting EP.
Better Days maybe new venture but the three lads are quite familiar with each other already. Back in October 2012 vocalist and guitarist Graeme Costello met drummer a Sam Sutcliffe through music course at Newcastle College after being placed together by a tutor. After bonding over their similar love of music and one jam session between the pair Second Place Hero was born. Not too long after this, the pair approached fellow student Josh Lynch for the role bassist and the lineup was complete. The group strives to create pop punk songs from reminiscent of their Heroes, Blink-182. Within six months of forming, second place Heroes and with just one song, the band has already come just a handful of take it away from selling out the Prestigious Newcastle O2 Academy in the first ever headline show. Carry on from the high of this show the band sustained the momentum through 2013 and 2014 with the release of the first EP the Story Untold, they also took part in the soccer Six rock tournament and reached the second round of the Red Bull Download Festival competition after fishing in the top 75 as voted for by fans. The band share the stage with lights of Madina Lake, Decade, Fearless Vampire Killers, Only Rivals, Brawlers, Astroid Boys and Dead! to name a few. Their also saw the release of the second EP The Years Of The Underdog received great acclaim from fans. And after a lot of it independent gigging throughout theUK the band decided it was time to take the next step they organise a small UK tour for the start of 2015. The tour culminated in a sold out hometown show. But, this was ultimately the last show for the band under the name Second Place Hero.
Upon completion of the bands first official tour, writing began for what would have been a third EP. During this process it became evident the bands musical direction was moving towards something new, a brand which didn’t fit the style they had built. It was then decided that they would start again from scratch and of the new alias; Better Days. The bands new direction exploring much more mature themes which added storytelling depth, taking lyrical inspiration from the likes of Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years). Upon approaching this, the trio found a sound that they were proud to call theirs.With a wealth of knowledge the band had acquired through their years of independent gigging all over the UK, their plan is now to make an immediate impact from the get go leaving their mark on the current ever growing UK pop punk scene. The plan has leaped into immense effective and took off style as the band sold out the first ever show in April at Newcastle Head of Steam on are reaching to launch the debut single through High Road Publicity.