On the 8th of December, dynamic duo and childhood friends, Sam Stewart and Ryan Dodd welcomed their latest EP 'Always Sunny In My Mind' into The Worry People catalogue. With crisp production and an intriguing approach to songwriting, this three-track EP with Magpie Records is a worthy follow-up to last year's EP 'Red On Red For Miles' and 'Bottleneck' from March of this year.
Like many bands, The Worry People formed out of the dismay of Covid - as the two friends rediscovered their flair and enjoyment for creating music. Stewart provides the voice and lyrics of the band, whilst Dodd lays down the foundations with a visceral knack for percussion. After formation in 2020, The Worry People became an exciting addition to Kent's emerging crop of artists and they've played some of the most iconic venues in the region such as The Forum, The Penny Theatre and The Lighthouse with over 30 live performances under their belt this year.
With an obvious graft and commitment to the live scene supporting their clearly well-received tunes, it's no wonder hopes were high for this third EP. One track from 2022's edition, 'Wait for you', was well received and even earned the band air time on Abbie McCarthy's BBC Radio Introducing show. This came after a great professional relationship started with producer Charles Creese - and again, this production quality is evident in this release.
The opening track 'ATWB' sets an interesting tone straight away. An airy, string of presumably synth chords gets punctured by some very in-room drumming. It's raw and visceral. Present. Then, to get better, a viscous lead riff is laid over the top of this - something we later find to be contrasted uniquely by Stewart's voice. The trajectory of the lead riff, dances an energetic dance with Dodd's drumming, but it can be said that Sam Stewart's voice fluctuates and the resulting contrasts bring up a play on light and dark, or heavy and light aspects. This is especially notable as this EP charts the journey of coming out of a relationship and the initial afterthoughts.
In 'Face', a clean and tight percussive theme continues - complimenting downstroke electric guitar. Stewart's voice soars at times. Within, he almost possesses a show tune sort of quality. It's imaginable that the live shows and spaces benefit greatly from his aptitude for projection.
'August' offers up a different pace, and perhaps hints at the duo's dexterity. In the mix there are subtleties that combine nicely with this industrial near-marching beat. String sounding key notes, and the lead vocals presence of fragility again contrasts the heavier aspects nicely - and really presents a heart on sleeve take.