Better Than Ezra was formed in 1988 by its four original members – vocalist and guitarist, Kevin Griffin; lead guitarist, Joel Rundell; bassist, Tom Drummond; and drummer, Cary Bonnecaze. The band released its first nationally distributed album Deluxe in 1993 on its own indie label, Swell Records, which caught the attention of major record labels and radio. Elektra Records rereleased Deluxe in 1995 and the single, "Good", reached the No. 1 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart which helped push the album to platinum record status by the end of 1995.
Albums include Surprise 1990), Deluxe 1993), Friction, Baby 1996). How Does Your Garden Grow? (1998), Closer (2001), Before the Robots (2005). Paper Empire (2009), and All Together Now (2014).