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A Better Fall

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"Up & Comers - A Better Fall"

BAND: A Better Fall
by Andrew Fersch

UMass has a rich history of churning out business suit wearing sales representatives by the busload, but now it can also boast that it joined together a newbie rock band A Better Fall, from Dudley and already making a name for themselves at places like Irish Times, The Lucky Dog, Bulfinch’s and more.

With a style ranging from mixed up punk rock to ska to good old rock-n-roll, A Better Fall clearly doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as playing any one style ~ and given the variety of their four recently recorded songs, that shouldn’t even be a concern.

Each of the four songs ~ “Questions,” “Changes,” “Jet Black Poison,” and “London” ~ leans more toward one specific style than another, but somehow they all work together. A rock song melts into a ska song. A straight up punk rock song morphs into something that could very well throw Johnny Punkrocker into a rage, and have Johnny Footballhero pumping his meaty fists.

The various experiences and styles of each member are immediately evident in the unique sound the band produces. Guitarist Rex and bassist Dan began their musical journeys as stagehands in the Worcester area. Drummer Darek also started working as a stagehand a couple years after he picked up the drums, and worked nearly every major venue in the Boston area. Rex had nearly 20 years of guitar playing experience, with Darek having nearly as many on the drums. On the other hand, Dan picked up the bass cold in 2006 and started playing catch-up…and is doing a pretty good job at it.

Singer Tom was actually a bartender with a dream of singing in a band when he saw a MySpace ad the other three guys had posted after realizing they didn’t have what it takes to front a band on their own. From that point the band began doing just that, writing and performing their own brand of music that encompasses many styles but (in the best way possible) adheres to none. A Better Fall currently has three more songs in production and are considering releasing a six song EP this fall ~ they say “considering” because, as a band with an eye towards the future, they think it might be more logical to simply release the EP on-line given how people find and acquire music. Either way, make sure to check it out…

…and until then, check out the band at Myspace.com/abetterfall.


- Worcester Pulse


Songs available at http://www.myspace.com/abetterfall




A Better Fall came together in January of 2007 when 3 college friends from UMass Lowell recruited aspiring Southbridge singer Tom Bayrouty to front their group. Impressed with his poetic lyrics, and enthusiasm for music, A Better Fall immediately began working on original songs. The lineup quickly gelled as guitarist Rex Parker, bassist Dan Berube, and drummer Darek Chojnacki worked to create musical soundscapes inspired by bands like U2 and the Police, while Tom brought his original lyrics and powerful punk style to the songs.

A Better Fall has currently recorded a demo featuring the songs "Questions," "Fix," "Changes," and "London" which are available at www.myspace.com/abetterfall.

Recently, A Better Fall has added a new member, Worcester guitarist Adam Ceredona. Since joining the group, Adam has quickly added his blues style of playing to A Better Fall's music.

A Better Fall has also been featured as an upcoming artist in Pulse Magazine (Worcester, MA), and been interviewed for the Lowell Sun, and played several high-profile local venues, including the Lucky Dog, Irish Times, Tammany Hall, The Q, The Worthen Attic and the Bulfinch Yacht Club in Boston.

A Better Fall will begin recording their debut album in April of 2008. A Better Fall has also been nominated as a finalist for the Best Live Act at the Worcester Music Awards.