Baltimore pop punk royalty Ben DeHan broke the internet earlier this year with the release of “Taking Time” alongside the launch of Free Friends with wife and cellist Lauren DeHan and drummer Gil Perez. Now, they release their second single with blink-182 producer and engineer Matt Malpass; “Worry Free (feat. glimmer)” accompanied by a music video by Nicholas Libraro of Snaggletooth Productions.
If ignorance is bliss / I fill my head with empty memories
“Worry Free” is pop punk in both sound and spirit. The song’s subject matter could be interpreted purely as a state of mind, committing to seeing life as how we choose to respond to situations rather than being victims of circumstances.
On the other hand, as the music video points out, some individuals take more liberties with various substances compared to others on the road to being worry free. It’s refreshing to see this lifestyle acknowledged but not necessarily celebrated, leaving listeners to determine where their own lines are drawn. The only judgment passed is the one that asks, “Is this really in my best interest?”
The song’s ambiguity is encapsulated in the refrain, “This could be you if you follow me down,” sung by both Ben as well as glimmers vocalist Maggie Schneider. The phrase could as easily be a warning for those who choose a destructive road, or a promise to those who embrace a healthy lifestyle as the key to happiness.
“Worry Free (feat. glimmers)” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.