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Worriers Celebrate Their Return to the Studio at DC9

Worriers will be playing DC9 on October 8th at 7:00 PM EST with their new album, Trust Your Gut.

Trust Your Gut is the first studio album that the punk-adjacent band has put out in three years. It comes on the heels of their home-recorded album, Warm Blanket.

Frontperson of the band, Lauren Denitzo, is sitting with their legs splayed on a backwards wooden chair, resting their arms on the top of the chair. They are in a white room with concrete floors. Worriers is written in black text above their head while Trust Your Gut is written right next to it in red text.

The band, fronted by Lauren Denitzo, is starting to take the shift from Worriers to Warriors with this new album. This album brings an energy shift to the group that was first introduced on Warm Blanket, but really takes root here. There is a bite to the album, sharp and stinging.

Denitzo takes us through an old relationship of theirs that has developed a bitter taste to it. They take us through the stages of grief of this old relationship, really leaning into this fighting, fueling anger. But from this anger comes a new path.

Denitzo has always been forthright about who they are, going back to their 2015 track ‘They/ Them/ Theirs’, and seen in every aspect of their art, from their zines to their music. However, this change is merely an evolution of the Worriers we’re all used to. The anger is backed by soft guitar chords and rolling drums. The music is not aggressive, but instead is calculated with their emotions. This balance is best illustrated on the track “Top 5”. There’s an annoyed acceptance of how their life is spiraling, but that acceptance is punctuated by the ending repetition of “Gonna dance on his grave,” referring to an ambiguous fascist who is ruling their life with an iron fist.

You can join them in their fight this Sunday at DC9, or next week on October 11th at the Richmond Music Hall. Get your tickets here.

Trust Your Gut is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.

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Percy Sampson

Percy Sampson, New Orleans born and Virginia bred, is finishing up their time at University of Mary Washington, where they are double majoring in English and Theatre. A passionate writer, they spend most of their free time working on (mostly horror) scripts and short stories.

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