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Album Review: Who Cares Anyway? by Don’t Worry

Essex alt rock outfit Don’t Worry release their debut album Who Cares Anyway? on 22nd June via Specialist Subject Records. Recorded and produced by long term collaborator Bob Cooper (Citizen, Self Defence Family, Nervus), and mastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr, Cloakroom, Tiny Moving Parts) over in the USA, this is an album that marks the band out as something special.

Taking influence from throughout rock and pop history, from Weezer / Dinosaur Jr to The Cure / Smiths and more modern influences like Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, Elliott Smith. The band have slowly developed their sound into a blend of straight up alt rock with a knack for a big pop hook – it’s an American sound with a British heart.

Sound a bit like Basement? Well, you wouldn’t be that far the mark. There’s similarities, but in our book that’s no bad thing. The difference being that Don’t Worry are a little subtler, it’s not all soaring riffs into big choruses, rather the quieter moments build and combine to make 11 delectable and insatiable tracks.

What sets the band out is the unique delivery of the lyrics. Songs deal with navigating life as a young person in the late 2010s and all the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with it. Using mundane observation and humour as tools for expression leading to a cathartic and enjoyable listen. It’s nigh on impossible not to fall in love with ‘Yeah, Me’ and the tale of running out of money on your Oyster Card.

Elsewhere, you’ve got big hitter after big hitter. The lyrical content might verge on the dark, but combined with the delivery and accompanying music you can’t help but feel your worries drifting away as you get lost in the moment. This is best typified by the belter, ‘Mood Swings and Roundabouts’ – combining tales of drinking too much and feeling alone but it feels more like a release, couple that with the early Biffy Clyro-esque moments and you’ve found a relatable and infectious track.

‘Rafters’, ‘Confetti’, ‘This Time Next Year’ and ‘Yeah, Maybe’ are other big highlights while ‘Bird’ shows a more laidback side to the band, highlighting just how good they are.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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