At the center of the 1997’s debut, A Better View of the Rising Moon, is the continued search for the band’s creative vision as artists and friends. Each member of 1997 comes from diverse backgrounds, yet by meshing all of their styles and influences into a musical melting pot, the band has created a sound and style that is startlingly fresh and distinctive. The male and female harmonies summon elements of contemporary emo, lovelorn pop, groove, and acoustic folk sing-along. The final product defies easy categorization and serves as a refreshing aural canvas for the talents of five unique people with something to say to the world. As the title of the record (taken from a haiku which reads: “Since my house burnt down, I now own a better view of the rising moon”) suggests, 1997 is concerned with sorting through needless worry and distraction to discover essential truths in life, and finding positive linings in all of life’s dark grey clouds.