Hi all, it’s me John. I was going to post this article on the 18th, but some reality slapped me in the face with a surge of overwhelming anxiety caused by significant life changes this week.
I knew that I needed to start writing bit by bit, so as a result this intro is going to be kind of like a very small monologue or an editorial… Or whatever you want to f^^king call it.
This week has been very challenging, it’s pretty overwhelming at times.
Eliyya Lane gave me some great advice, she told me to avoid labels because that’s when my mind will start obsessing over problems I don’t have. Instead of labeling, try to “embrace it.” And although I haven’t gotten to that point, I am working on getting to that point. I hope passing this advice on helps at least 1 person who reads this!
When it comes to coping with these things, I immediately and almost unconsciously turn to music. Chill music was the one primary genre that helped a lot, such as chill pop, electronic pop, and soft rock.
To easily transition into this article, I will say Worry Party is the same kind of artist that really calmed me down. A mix of Worry Party, ODESZA, Kygo, ayokay, and other lounge/chill music is exactly what can help. Although I am still working on more coping strategies, this music definitely is a step in the right direction.
The lead songwriter for Worry Party started writing poetry when they were young because they “had a terrible stammer and found it to be such a necessary and rewarding means of expressing myself artistically.”
Respecting grammar structures and rules, they expanded on musical scales and such. “I got asked to sing in a band when I started college, and since then music has been the main way I’ve been able to enjoy art and make friends,” they said.
Almost every song by Worry Party is inspired by people in general. “Either a relationship with a family member, friend or girlfriend, and how I’ve dealt with it, or just how we try to make sense of the world,” they tell me.
“We have a small, very friendly fan base that’s slowly growing. We try and create genuine relationships, so the fans we do have are the kind that regularly keep in touch, and come to see us play. I thinks that’s what’s most important.”~ Unknown Worry Party member (4/18/2020)
I should start talking about Worry Party’s music by saying I really enjoy Crimewave’s remix of Traveller. That remix is very catchy and I like how they virtually took the original song and transformed it into an electronic/tropical pop song. Very unique!
When I asked about what Traveller was about they said it’s about “repeating cycles of behaviour, and wondering if it’s time to change, or if that’s simply not possible because some actions are born from such an essential part of your nature, and what makes you you.”
One thing that really stands out about Worry Party aren’t actually their music, in my opinion their influences set them apart than other chill musicians. They’ve said to be influenced by bands such as Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie. While DCfC do have some elements of chill rock, MM’s genre definitely is not in any way a bit chill.
I asked them in what ways do these influences inspire their music, and they said “I grew up on a lot of Saddle Creek, so listening to bands like Cursive and Bright Eyes, but also bands like The Faint. The lyric and the story was always the most important thing to me, and continues to be. I loved electronic music, and albums like The Postal Service’s Give Up and Bright Eyes’ Digital Ash let me know that those worlds are allowed to cross over.”
“The Blood Brothers, MGMT, Bayonne, The Movielife, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Cursive, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shura, Majical Cloudz and Purity Ring to name a few have all been huge influences. I feel I’m starting to find my place in the world where they all come together in a way that makes sense, and that makes me happy.”~ Worry Party
Worry Party says that for the future they have “no agenda. Providing it’s fun, we enjoy it, and it’s genuine, we’ll work on it. Our songs will always be linked by similar lyrical content and philosophy.”
However, right now they are working on a song called Toy Story. The song is named after their guitarist remarking that one of the piano chords sounded like something Randy Newman would produce. Even if that song’s name changes, to the band it will be known as Toy Story. “It’s a super simple song that we wrote together as a band, and we all just love it,” they say.
Prior to the coronavirus, the band has already been writing a lot and planning to schedule more gigs to share their music. That obviously is no longer in the workers for the time being, but they have been releasing instrumental release of The Reef this month. There will be another instrumental EP next month called Magenta Carta.