It was possibly the 6th time in two and a half years that I’ve seen Preston-based Better Left Alone, but the pop-punk quintet always bring something new, with the same charm as before.
Showcasing all their tracks from the yet-to-be-released self-titled E.P., these newer songs were the undoubtable highlight.
BLA have found themselves over the last year or so, with Josh Harrison joining as bassist and the band as a whole refining their sound. Gone are the post-hardcore influences of songs like “Broken Words in Cursive”, replaced by the pop-punk sensibilities of set-opener “This Road”.
Despite a stalled start (no fault of the band), they held their own and put on a fantastic show. Vocalist Eddy Robinson was very ill, but Nick Else and Dann Walling more than carried the notes Eddy physically couldn’t, to the point that it wasn’t really noticable. As always, Mik Connor was exceptional on drums, holding the sound together well
The band had less of their familiar banter inbetween songs, but after a delayed start that was expected. Instead, it was balls-to-the-wall pop-rock to send the crowd home happy. It’s almost agonising that Better Left Alone are this close. In particular, their fantastic live performances of “Wanna Talk?” and “We Will Never Know” show that it really is just a matter of time.