Ask most indie acts what they want to be, and the typical answer is “signed.”
Then there’s Better Left Unsaid. Anything but typical, this edgy, high-energy band just tore up venues and claimed legions of fans during its second self-funded U.S. tour.
What makes Better Left Unsaid different? Their plan…
Brent Terry, a co-founder, describes the Better Left Unsaid roadmap with the cool confidence of a Fortune 500 exec: “I started this band with a vision and a goal, and had a strong business plan to back it all up...” Terry, the band’s drummer, said. “Approaching this with an idea of where we wanted to go and how to get there just seemed to be the right way to do it.”
It’s clear that co-founder Jason Jones (guitar); Paul Nieblas (vocals); Rob Fernandez (guitar); and Adam Armstrong (bass) all share the vision and direction with Terry. This local band is about to go national, the fruits of hard work and some well-designed strategies.
Unlike virtually all of their indie colleagues, Better Left Unsaid has scored serious corporate backing from the likes of Dickies, EMG Pickups, Aquarian Drumheads, Silverfox Drumsticks, Truth Drums, Basson Sound, and Gallien Krueger. They have an incentive to play very good and very hard, considering they’re living adverts performing on their sponsors’ products. Play hard they do, pouring raw, unfettered emotion into songs such as “Never Again”, “Sweets”, and “Testify”. The audience doesn’t listen as much as it feels the music reaching deep down inside and pulling out a very visceral reaction. “Our crowd walks away satisfied but wanting more,” Terry says. “We put every ounce of energy into each show and never leave anything to chance... It’s a ‘real’ performance from start to finish.”
Now that they’ve returned from a national tour, the members of Better Left Unsaid are celebrating the release of their new album, “The Silencing,” and pondering the future, daring to imagine what it would be like to play music for their fans on a nightly basis.
In the meantime, the band is shopping the new album, which was produced by Adam Ruppel (Ex-Systematic Guitar Player) and Better Left Unsaid.