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Better Lovers (Feat. Ex-Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) Dropped a Surprise EP Overnight


Back in April, we were surprised to hear that a new band called Better Lovers had emerged that not only featured ex-Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, but also Fit for an Autopsy‘s Will Putney and former Every Time I Die members Jordan Buckley, Clayton “Goose” Holyoak, and Stephen Micciche. We were also excited to hear how good their first single “30 Under 13” was. Now, this morning marks a moment of shock, as they surprised everyone with the stealth release of their debut EP, God Made Me An Animal.

Released just after midnight, the EP features four songs and serves as the band’s inaugural output via SharpTone Records. The band released a statement upon the EP’s release, stating that they were all extremely excited to pass this milestone as a band.

“Surprise! Our debut EP, God Made Me An Animal, is out now. Four eclectic and wildly fun songs we’ve been kicking around for what feels like forever, it’s great to finally have these out in the world. Let it happen to you. Hear all this and more on tour all Summer. The engine is turned on.”

With the EP’s release, Buckley said he was happy to see things move in a positive direction after so many difficulties in recent years, including the frustrating bullshit we all dealt with during the pandemic.

“Looking back, I’m so happy everything got me to where I am. The pandemic and the last few years made me hungrier and more grateful. This isn’t a hobby. This isn’t temporary. This is the next evolution for each of us. Greg and Will rejuvenated me and made me even more confident. Now, everybody needs to know we’re a wild animal that just broke out of the zoo—there’s no trying to put it back in the cage.”

So yeah. The EP is available on streaming services, with physical preorders currently taking place as we speak for various limited-edition vinyl variants.

If you’d like to catch the band live, be sure to hit ’em up at any of the following locations and dates.

Better Lover tour dates:

July 13 Buffalo, NY Rec Room (Early & Late Shows) SOLD OUT
July 14 Detroit, MI The Majestic Theatre
July 16 Chicago, IL The Salt Shed
July 17 Louisville, KY Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
July 18 Cleveland, OH The Foundry SOLD OUT
July 19 Reading, PA Santander Arena
July 21 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
July 22 Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s Bar and Grill
July 23 Toronto, ON RBC Echo Beach
July 24 Montreal, QC L’Olympia
July 25 Ottawa, ON Galerie SAW Gallery
July 27 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage
July 28 Brooklyn, NY Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
July 29 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
July 30 Worcester, MA The Palladium Outdoors
July 31 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
August 1 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
August 3 Tampa, FL Yuengling Center
August 4 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
August 5 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Market
August 6 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy
August 8 New Orleans, LA Orpheum Theater
August 10 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
August 11 San Antonio, TX Boeing Center at Tech Port
August 12 Dallas, TX  The Factory in Deep Ellum
September 24 Birmingham, AL Furnace Fest
October 4 Brighton, UK Chalk
October 5 London, UK New Cross Inn SOLD OUT
October 6 London, UK The Dome SOLD OUT
October 7 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club (Early & Late Shows)  SOLD OUT
October 14 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room SOLD OUT
October 15 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy SOLD OUT
October 16 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre

July 14 to 30, and Aug. 1 to 12 with Underoath

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