Founding members, Joel Parmer, and Taylor Jay, originally started to lay the foundations of Feel Better in 2013, performing stripped-down concerts with just two guitars and vocals. The transformation into a full band took place over the course of a year and the resulting group adopted their previous moniker, Telescopes as Time Machines. The lineup released their Quiet World EP in 2015, and after a final shakeup to the lineup, the then four-piece adopted a new name and started working on the material that would eventually become this self-titled debut album.
From the opening chords of For Clarity’s Sake to the fading strains of the epic, nearly seven-minute-long Plumes, this is an expansive and thoughtful interpretation of post-hardcore with twinkling emo touches. The vocals are an impassioned, emotional howl that sits astride angular post-punk riffs and the intense drumbeats that characterize the album. Feel Better is a band that has clearly been working its way, methodically, toward a magnum opus. Considering the effortlessness with which the band navigates the 30-minute runtime, seamlessly transitioning from strength to strength, it's hard to argue this isn't it. Fans of post-hardcore should investigate this unique variation on a well-trodden path.