The Worriers are a Brooklyn-based punk rock band whose lean but muscular music is wrapped around songs that deal with the politics of daily life in a time of unrest and inequality.
The Worriers were formed by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Lauren Denitzio, who was previously a member of the Measure and is active as a visual artist and a published author. Releasing their first single in May 2011, Denitzio (who was credited as Lauren Measure on the group's first recordings) has been the sole constant in the Worriers' lineup, with Mikey Erg
, Lou Hanman, John McLean, Rachel Rubino, and Audrey Zee Whitesides among Denitzio's most frequent collaborators. After releasing singles through Yo-Yo
and No Idea
, the Worriers teamed up with Don Giovanni Records
for the seven-song EP Cruel Optimist in October 2013. In 2015, the Worriers returned with their most ambitious project to date: Imaginary Life, the band's first full-length album, with all songs written solely by Denitzio, and produced by Laura Jane Grace
of Against Me!
For Imaginary Life, the Worriers' lineup included Denitzio on lead vocals and guitar, guitarists Rachel Rubino and John McLean, bassist Audrey Zee Whitesides, and drummer Mike Yannich, with Lou Hanman guesting on backing vocals. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi