Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 by its four original members vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin;
Joel Rundell, the lead guitarist; bassist Tom Drummond; and drummer, Cary Bonnecaze.
All four members were attending Louisiana State University at the time.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
The band has yet to disclose the origin of their name. One theory is that it comes
from a line in Ernest Hemingway's memoir "A Moveable Feast", in which Hemingway describes a particularly
annoying sound as "...no worse than other noises, certainly better than Ezra learning to play the bassoon."
Kevin Griffin lead vocals, guitar
Tom Drummond bass guitar, backing vocals
Michael Jerome drums
James Arthur Payne - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
(1997present) [Touring Member]
Joel Rundell lead guitar, backing vocals
Travis McNabb drums
Cary Bonnecaze drums, backing vocals
Did you Know
• Fans of the group often
refer to themselves as Ezralites
• The first track of their 1990 release Surprise is called
• Kevin Michael Griffin has co-written all the songs
• Cary Bonnecaze became interested in drums at the age of 3 or 4, and taught himself to play
Better Than Ezra Quotes
We had been writing songs for a year before we made Surprise. Then three years went by and many things happened to us personally, so the next record would naturally sound different. And it was good to come from a Southern rock band that mainly played in the South, and then go out west and meet somebody froma completely different background and have them come in. Out there, people are always saying that you either "get it" or you don't "get it". Well, Dan got it.
My mom heard the song and said it makes me sound like I had a horrible childhood, which I didn't, I had a really normal childhood. When we were out in L.A., there's always people you know who on the fringe or came froma broken home, where they were never shown that they had any self worth. People tend to go out on those fringes.
Kevin Griffin (about the song "Teenager")
I was riding a mountain bike up in the Hollywood hills, and came down and started singing it. Cary came up with the harmony on top of the chorus, which is very important for the song.
Kevin Griffin (about the song "Porcelian)
"We had our own Internet site, and we found out it was just lame compared to the fans' [sites], So we got rid of ours, and we're putting together one that's just amazing. It's going to be an award-winning, state-of-the-art Web page. It's really staggering."
"It's great as far as the Internet goes because information travels so quickly, and I don't think it's ever going to threaten print media, but it's certainly made people in print media"
When I was little, I used to wish that my dad would bring Kiss home from work, like on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" when famous people would come home with the dad.