Following up their acclaimed 2013 debut Imaginary Life, Worriers return in full swing on Survival Pop, arguably tighter and much more assured in their sonic chemistry as a band. Singer and guitarist Lauren Denitzio has always been skilled at the art of matching infectious, rocking guitar hooks to deeply personal lyrics and this album is no exception. With songs covering the loss of friends to addiction and suicide, the experience of growing up as a queer person, and the health issues that required an open heart surgery, Survival Pop is an aptly named portrait of someone battling and conquering the many adversities that life can present while preserving oneself and sanity in the middle of it all.
After listening to the album in its entirety, I’m left with the feeling that Denitzio’s strength as an artist and musician has never been more poised, and while the life long feat of gaining that strength was certainly no breeze, the world itself is much richer for the kind of relatable, unfeigned music featured here. Standout tracks include “Not Your Type”, “Gaslighter,” “Self Esteemed,” and “No Thanks.”