WORRIERS: Warm Blanket: 12”

May 15, 2023

There will forever be people who try to distance themselves from a band when they do something different. Long time fans who love to make it known they “liked their old stuff better.” And that’s fine if people want to keep their music interests in arrested development. But on the other hand, I love being exposed to new styles, bands, and ideas. That’s what Worriers have done here with Warm Blanket. After the initial spin, I was convinced Lauren Denitzio had exclusively been listening to The Cranberries, The Weakerthans, and Sinead O’Connor while writing this record. There’s an intimate beauty in these songs. Recorded at home with Atom Willard contributing drums remotely, it easily could be seen as a product of quarantine. While I imagine some of these songs were dreamt up by Denitzio during lockdown, I think it’s more that the world slowing down allowed for some more mellow tracks. “Prepared to Forget” is where I really hear a Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) influence. There’s a beautiful lilt to Denitzio’s voice that pairs well with the retrospective feeling of the lyrics. “Pollen in the Air” and “Never Quite Kicks In” offer this ’80s feel with a synthesizer and some drum machine. Those tracks remind me of the route The Gateway District took to become Partial Traces. Worriers have always been storytelling in the form of song and this record is such a gift to anyone who’s been following them for any part of the last decade. I think it’s really cool when people are unapologetic about what they love—when you don’t waste time posturing, hoping your peers will think you’re awesome because you dislike something. Punk is largely about rejecting systems of power, as well as accepting those who are different than the mainstream. This record is very punk. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. –Kayla Greet (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

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