Five guys, buddies from ways back, get together to jam around some ideas songwriter Keith Bailey had. He had began writing about the what the band members were going through- divorce, personal struggles, being broke, in a word.. baggage. Through that honesty came chemistry. That chemistry turned five guys in a room to brothers united by passion. Passion to have a few hours a week to forget about dead end jobs, forget about debt and the day to day struggles, and at least have a break from heartache pain. Rehearsals reflected it. Shows reflected it. And.. attendance reflected it. They rubbed they're nickels together and booked some time in an Athens studio to record the songs. What sits on your desk is the result.
We all got baggage, it's in our hearts, beneath our skin, under our eyes, in our past, and will be with us until we part this world. Bailey learned to tap into his and write about it. Here's 8 songs that are a look inside the lives of five guys who'll I'll bet are a bit like you & I. The albums called Better Left There, you can fill in the rest.
For fans of Elvis Costello, the jam & billy bragg.
Recorded and Mastered by Joel Hatstat// The Bakery, Athens, GA// Mixed by Andy Baker & Keith Bailey
"I could tell you a half dozen different things about this band that isn't quite right and none of them would matter, because I still like them. In fact, I find myself liking the record more with each listen. Maybe it just manages to remind me of so many sounds I like without allowing me to exactly pin down the names of the bands they are borrowing from, or maybe I just like songs with titles like "A Losing Ticket Cannot Give Advice."
The record's about life, baggage, what we can leave behind, and what we can't. The opening track reaches out and grabs you but by the time you get to the end of the album you're not surprised at the slow crawl of "Take The Reigns" It's unclear the period over which these Keith Bailey penned songs were composed but they all draw heavily from that early 90s sounds that did not come out of Seattle. Again, there is a reason why I like it.
The five guys behind this record from Authors Apology hail from our fine town." - Rube / Atlanta's A-List
"Atlanta's Authors Apology plays boisterous heart-on-sleeve bar rock filled with big, ringing guitars and chiming organs. It's quintessentially American, and at first listen you may want to label them as another bunch of overwrought up-and-comers aping Springstreen through the lens of more modern acts like The Hold Steady. But on Better Left There, the band's debut release, front man Keith Bailey delivers his hard luck tales of broken families and jilted lovers with such plainspoken honesty and the band plays with such unabashed punk urgency that even the most assuming moment becomes an exercise in liberating catharsis. What began for me as just another collection of solid but unremarkable booze-fueled anthems to wade through, has through repeated listens become one of my favorite local releases of the year. Go figure." - The Latest Disgrace
"A nostalgic quality permeates Author's Apology's new album, Better Left There. The songs are crafted in a story-telling manner, while the music provides the ride back through time to invoke scenes from the past and feelings long forgotten. The album serves as the radiant soundtrack to a cherished past, and prompts reminiscing on those lazy days of summer, laughing with friends, or even those wild and carefree road trips to the beach. Perhaps this is why the album was so named, though it's difficult to discern whether the days past are "better left there," or if life was once so good, you'd be "better left there." In either case, Author's Apology delivers an impressive collection of sonic tales told through gruff, yet soulful vocals and unapologetic rock-n-roll.
As a whole, the album hints at influences by great songwriters like Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan, but Author's Apology keeps their sound fresh, sincere, and unpredictable, while holding tight to rock music at its core. The opening track, "Trains Returning" features a memorable surfer-rock guitar riff overtop symbolic lyrics about kids lying on the tracks and feeling the trains approaching. "A Sister's Hand" emerges as a menacing, yet sultry melody with its gypsy music backbone. Keith Bailey sings with assurance and resolution on "A Losing Ticket Cannot Give Advice," as the bass lines shine along with the precise drumming that steadies the melody. The album ends with a well-placed and elegant track, "Take the Reigns," featuring Bailey alone on the piano to bring the ride to a peaceful end.
Each song on Better Left There is carefully constructed to allow for stylistic fluctuations that seamlessly blend together as an album, without losing the individualism of each track. Author's Apology leaves trendy behind, rather focusing on well-crafted songs charged with heart and authenticity." - Nadia Lelutiu / Industrial Strength Promotions