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Lauren Denitzio has always been the type of songwriter to say exactly what’s on their mind. Over the course of the past decade with their band Worriers, they’ve addressed gender liberation, capitalist violence, and searing heartbreak, allover the band’s signature style of triumphant chords and subtle pop sensibilities. Worriers was always a band that shined with the feelings of ecstatic potential; offering a sense of liberation amidst the chaos of the world. And yet, on their newest album Warm Blanket, they’ve never sounded more free.The band’s fourth full length record has the feel of an exciting debut and there’s a reason: it marks the first time that Denitzio accepted that the group they had been trying to treat as a band is actually a solo project. After a pace of touring and recording that would be breakneck for most, but derigueur in the underground scene which forged them, Denitzio found themselves in the summer of 2022 with a chance to finally catch their breath. “I realized I could write whatever I wanted.”The DIY ethic that Denitzio developed on a thousand punk tours, playing squats, house parties and rowdy warehouses is never far from their mode of operation. And so—with no proper training in audio recording—they recorded and mixed the entirety of Warm Blanket at home. Atom Willard (Against Me!, Social Distortion) contributed drums remotely, adding an orchestral element of weight and emphasis to the proceedings.The result is a collection of songs that reflects Denitizio “unlearning the expectations of being in a band” and writing music “that’s more in line with my actual influences.” Written during a particularly fertile creative period—Denitzio had already completed an entirely separate new album to be released later—Warm Blanket marked a chance to write the kind of songs they had always appreciated but were unsure of how to place in the Worriers catalog.
Philadelphia band Lizdelise has garnered local acclaim since their inception in 2014. LDL released their newest track “WMN” June 7th in anticipation of their first North American tour– a queer ballad, full of fear and joy, and the feeling of running to catch-up with yourself. The experimental pop band recorded “WMN” at Betty’s in Chapel Hill, NC, with Andy Stack (Wye Oak, Joyero, Helado Negro). For fans of…dynamic, genre-bending range like NNAMDI, shredding guitar and dreamy vocals like St. Vincent, darkness and strength like Sharon Van Etten.
Best Bear is all about understated indie-rock, ethereal dream-pop textures, and heartfelt lyrics. At times lush and oneiric, at others raw and unapologetic, the band’s songs feel like a genuine portrait of the member’s life-long love of music. However, there is also an inclusive, community-driven element at play. Connecting with the audience and other artists drives the mindset of the band, which proudly identifies with the LGBTQIA+ community and values. Fans of artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, The Beths, Soccer Mommy, or Pinegrove should definitely tune in!