Hoarding all the catchiest power pop hooks together like some kind of musical Scrooge McDuck, the debut album from Rangiora’s finest foursome Best Bets has arrived one day early via our exclusive premiere of On An Unhistoric Night. Co-songwriters Olly Crawford-Ellis and James Harding (both of Transistors) with bandmates Matt Phimmavanh (“Christchurch primary schools orchestra 1998-99”) and Joe Sampson (Salad Boys, T54, The Dance Asthmatics) cover impressively broad thematic territory on their twelve song creation — “made on a shoestring budget in a lock-up in Ōtautahi Christchurch,” and co-produced, engineered and mastered by Melted Ice Cream head honcho Brian Feary.
Whether casting their lyrical gaze upon late ’90s Open Polytechnic advertisements, forgotten Subbuteo (table soccer) champions or surprisingly humble 11th century monarchs, Best Bets’ shared passion for thoughtful wordplay and fizzy punk dynamics sparkles on each and every track. Go catch their Ōtautahi launch party at Space Academy on 21st May with Hob, keep your eyes peeled for a new video out any minute, order your own vinyl LP copy of On An Unhistoric Night HERE and smash that play button below…
“We started this album three years ago. The world has changed quite a bit since we began, we have lost and gained whānau along the way, but time has only sharpened the themes within. Now we offer it up to the abyss like so much digital dreck before it. But if someone out there listens and likes it enough to listen again, then it was worth the work.” – Best Bets
‘On An Unhistoric Night’ officially launches on Friday 29th April on vinyl via Meritorio Records (US / EU / UK) and Melted Ice Cream (rest of world).