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Album Review: Worry by Canvas

Canvas release their debut album Worry on 6th October via Basick Records. Aggressive post-hardcore is the order of the day and Vocalist Ricky Clarke says of the album: “Worry is a record that exposes my anxieties about coming of age in the most honest way I could manage.

I feel everybody goes through a similar thought process in their early to mid-twenties. Constantly assessing where you’re heading, comparing yourself to siblings & friends who in your mind, may have better opportunities or more ‘success’ than you. Seeing your friends marry, buy houses, have kids and achieve the ’normal’ life milestones, can be hard to witness when you’re stuck in a rut. It can feel like the world is against you and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t shake the feeling that you’re being left behind. I guess this record is my way of dealing with those feelings and how I felt at certain times living through it. If anyone picks this album up and it helps them realise it’s okay and normal to feel this way then our job is done. I think sometimes it’s important to know that other people are feeling the same way as you. It’s okay to feel lost.

Worry is an album for every single person who feels inadequate, an outsider or alone.”

The UK five-piece are band who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Since their inception in 2015, the five-piece have worked hard to bring their powerful brand of post-hardcore to the masses by booking their own UK and EU shows. Playing anywhere and everywhere, including clubs and houses, garages and practice spaces, it’s been a journey that has shaped both the band and their music.

It’s a visceral and relatable journey through 10 tracks and 35 minutes. Apart from opener ‘Stay A While’ it races at 100 miles an hour. Frantic yet assured, reverberating with emotion, big riffs and pummelling drumming. It’s an album full of big banging tracks but perhaps it’s ‘Hospital’ that stands out with Ricky Clarke’s vocals – his desperate, pleading voice gives life to heart-wrenching lyrics such as “I want to hold and feel you next to me / I want to see what you could have been.”

Let the riffs wash over you and revel in the emotion. It’s heavier than your normal post hardcore album and not quite melodic hardcore. Pretty darn good whatever you want to say it is.

AD Rating 7/10

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