Drummer Rob Wojnar was brought into the fold via a singer that lasted about 3 months. Wojnar, a native of Auburn, NY, brings a very groove oriented feel to the mix. His drumming hero is the late, great John Bonham and that is the basis for his sound. Deep grooves and heavy fills--THAT is Rob's game!
Vocalist Benji Hebner was found after a LONG search for the right voice for the BETTER OFF BOUND sound. Benji answered an ad in a local music paper and won the band over with his originality and eclecticism. His favorite bands, Radiohead, Tool and A Perfect Circle, are the unlikely yet perfect compliment for the Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath/Black Label Society/Metallica influence of the rest of the band.
With all peices of the puzzle complete, BETTER OFF BOUND started writing new material in August of 2003. The name of the band also happens to be the title of the first song they wrote together...althought the "official" title of that song is now "B.O.B.". The band starting gigging locally in Septmeber of 2003 throught the end of the year.
2004 found the band ready to record a CD. Recorded by the band on a TASCAM 4-track Portastudio in the band's rehearsal room, the 8 songs that comprise "Just Forgotten" were a snapshot of the band's sound at the time. With a little modern rock, a little garage rock and a little classic rock, "Just Forgotten" was released on Dissent Records, a small indie label that the band signed with in March or 2004.
The summer of 2004 saw the band's sound moving more in the direction of modern/alt rock. With heavy grooves and BIG guitar riffs enveloping the introspective, emotional lyrics of Hebner, the band is poised to forge a sound that is very unique to the local and regional scene--heavy riffs WITHOUT the whining you hear on the radio these days!
While playing 8-10 shows a month, the band is also hard at work writing what will become the next BETTER OFF BOUND CD. They are hoping to start the recording process in January and have the CD released by late winter or early spring of 2005.
There are many big things on the horizon for a band that knows where it wants to go and how to get there...BETTER OFF BOUND!
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