Based in Miami, Florida, Better Strangers is a rock band that features singer deCasa, guitarist Joey Rodriguez, bassist Yang Waingarten, and drummer Nic Collins. The band blends a heavy rock style with contemporary layers and melodies, giving the group an irreplicable sound.
The origins of the band can be traced to January 2015, with members Yang Waingarten (bass) and Nic Collins (drums). After being close friends for a number of years, as well as sharing a mutual interest in music, Waingarten and Collins started a band with two other friends. The band played covers at a few local venues until member changes provoked the pair to search for new additions to the group. Joey Rodriguez (guitar) joined the group in late 2015, and the band began to play numerous shows and write its own music. Waingarten, Collins, and Rodriguez stayed together through multiple lineups, honing the band’s unique sound and creating the alchemy present in Better Strangers’ music. Previously known as “What You Know” and “Fifty Eight Hundred”, past versions of the band played around the world at festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, Sion Festival, and more. In April 2019, Waingarten, Collins, and Rodriguez decided to part ways with their longtime singer, initiating the search for a new member. Expecting a quick turnaround, the trio did not think the search would last over a year; yet a high standard and defined vision for the group allowed no room for compromise. As well as participating in the ongoing search for a singer, the group spent much of its time reinventing and refining its sound.
In May 2020, the band received an email from deCasa (singer) regarding the vacant position. After a few exchanges containing the original demo for “Lies”, both parties decided they would meet up in Miami for a week to see how they would mesh, hopeful this lineup would have potential.
The quartet connected immediately. By the end of the first day, Waingarten, Collins, and Rodriguez knew they had finally found the missing piece of the puzzle. The band had stumbled upon something special and moved forward, without hesitation.
Better Strangers’ debut single, “Lies”, was released on November 27, 2020. Followed by their second single, “Slow Fade (Warm It Up)”, on December 18. Finally, the group released their third effort, “Change”, on January 1st, 2021. The band hopes to make a name for itself in the music industry while making rock relevant again in a world that so desperately needs it.