Worriers at Vera Project on September 29, 2023 in Seattle, Wash. | photo by Chris Chappell @gettingwarmer

Chris Chappell Photo Column—Worriers

Nov 04, 2023

When the first single of the new Worriers album, Trust Your Gut came out, I remarked to a friend that it sounded like a Bleachers song (you know, that huge pop/rock band that writes super catchy jams). As a huge pop fan, she replied, “That sucks for you but is great for me.” A younger me would have agreed with her but as someone well past their time as a hard-liner punk, I’m here for it. The new Worriers album is fantastic. I love how they’ve evolved sonically while maintaining the aspects that attracted me to them—honest lyrics and wonderful vocals by frontperson Lauren Denitzio.

Seeing them on their first West Coast tour in years was such a treat. On Trust Your Gut, Worriers enlisted the help of keyboard wizard Franz Nicolay (of The Hold Steady and World Inferno/Friendship Society fame). While he didn’t perform on the Seattle date, his parts were played as a backing track. This really smoothed out the edges in the Worriers live show in the best way. Lauren seemed genuinely excited about playing these new songs in front of an audience. It’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes watching a band even more enjoyable. It’s not hard to tell when a band is phoning it in. Worriers are definitely not phoning it in these days but rather are giving it their all and maturing as a band.

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