Worriers’ “Trust Your Gut”: Turning Worry into Resonant Melodies and Meaning Worriers
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

Worriers’ upcoming album “Trust Your Gut” resonates with introspective indie-rock melodies, including their latest single “Cloudy and 55,” as Lauren Denitzio’s emotive vocals capture the essence of longing for home and history amidst a journey of self-acceptance

In the midst of anticipation, Worriers, the resonant indie-rock outfit, unveils their latest sonic gem, "Cloudy and 55," an exquisite addition to their forthcoming album "Trust Your Gut," set to release on September 15 through Ernest Jenning Record Co. The single follows the footsteps of their acclaimed tracks "Top 5" and "Trust Your Gut," each a sonic testament to the band's unswerving commitment to authenticity. "Cloudy and 55" offers a delicate reflection, yearning for the comforting embrace of home while nurturing the flames of independence.

Lauren Denitzio, the frontperson of Worriers, weaves an intimate tapestry of emotions, her voice both a soothing balm and a poignant lament. The song is an auditory companion for missing autumn in New York, where every street corner carries the weight of memories one can't shake off. It encapsulates the sensation of walking down Brooklyn's 5th Avenue, donning a denim jacket, lost in one's thoughts under the cover of big headphones. Denitzio artfully captures the essence of longing not just for a place or a time, but for the very feeling of connection and history that makes a city a part of one's soul.

Worriers, characterized by a name that signifies embracing fear as a banner of courage, stands at the crossroads of punk's ideals and the awareness of its limitations. The band's journey of self-discovery and acceptance resonates through the tracks on "Trust Your Gut." "Top 5" grapples with the pandemic's impact, the clash between heroes and villains of the era set against a backdrop of bold guitars and a soulful Hammond organ. In contrast, "Cloudy and 55" strips down the arrangement, allowing Denitzio's vocals to shine amidst indie-rock contemplation.

The forthcoming album, "Trust Your Gut," embodies Worriers' seasoned evolution. Lauren Denitzio's artistic journey found solace after open-heart surgery, propelling them to establish a band that aligned with their evolving identity. This focus on growth takes center stage on the album, enriched by collaborations with luminaries like Atom Willard (Against Me!, Social Distortion) and Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady). The latter's melodic flair, after an impromptu call for demos, embellishes the album's core.

The resonating basslines of Cayetana's Allegra Anka and the distinct guitar work of Frank Piegaro, a returning member, complete the lineup. Their synergy breathes life into the very fabric of the music, transcending admiration and crystallizing into creative partnerships that magnify the essence of Denitzio's songwriting.

Amidst the current socio-political tapestry, "Trust Your Gut" doesn't shy away from its roots. It weaves tales of resistance and activism, reminding listeners of the band's origins in the realm of political punk. The record navigates heartbreak and triumph, fueling its raw, honest narratives with a hint of incisive wit. Denitzio's journey to self-acceptance and resilience mirrors the album's sonic diversity—each song a distinct chapter, forming a cohesive odyssey.

As the horizon beckons, the seasoned travelers of the DIY scene embark on a new expedition. "Trust Your Gut" encapsulates Worriers' evolution—crafted from the ashes of the past, fortified by its flames, and propelled toward a more resilient future. In a world craving authenticity, Worriers offer not just music, but a testament to the triumph of authenticity.

Worriers North American Tour Dates

09.26 - Oakland, CA @ Gilman St.
09.29 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
09.30 - Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe
10.02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Quarters DLC
10.05 - St. Paul, MN @ The Treasury
10.06 - Chicago, IL @ The Chop Shop
10.07 - New Kensington, PA @ Preserving Underground
10.08 - Washington, DC @ DC9
10.10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10.11 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
10.12 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
10.13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie 
10.14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Broadway
10.16 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
10.17 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
10.18 - Grand Rapid, MI @ Pyramid Scheme 
10.20 - Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar 
10.21 - Denver, CO @ Black Buzzard
10.24 - Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Midtown
10.25 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10.27 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
10.29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Resident 

UK Tour Dates with PAWS

11.06 - Milton Keynes @ The Craufurd Arms
11.07 - Norwich @ Voodoo Daddy's Showroom
11.08 - Bristol @ Crofter's Rights
11.09 - Swansea @ Bunkhouse
11.10 - Manchester @ Factory
11.12 - Blackpool @ The Bootleg Social
11.13 - Glasgow @ Nice N Sleazy (NO PAWS)
11.14 - Birkenhead @ Future Yard
11.15 - London @ New Cross Inn
11.16 - Plymouth @ Junction

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