Just in time for what could easily be our generation’s most nerve-racking election comes WORRY., the ambitious new album from Jeff Rosenstock. Out October 14, WORRY. finds Rosenstock stepping outside of his self-deprecating comfort zone and instead examines the uncontrollable, external forces around us that contribute to anxiety and depression. Gentrification, police brutality, over-consumption – these are just some of the themes repeatedly addressed on this 17-track, >35 minute mammoth of an album.
WORRY. is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s We Cool?, Jeff Rosenstock’s first-ish solo album after his longstanding DIY collective Bomb The Music Industry played their final shows a year prior. It comes a little over a year after Jeff’s marriage to longtime partner Christine, and was initially meant to be a record about love.
But whereas We Cool? delved into the uncertainties and insecurities of growing older, WORRY. is about the anxiety of what this world is possibly going to look like over the course of the next four years. In Jeff’s own words, “how am I supposed to explain love and happiness without addressing all the shit that tries to crush it?”
For the past ten years, Jeff Rosenstock stood at the helm of Brooklyn-based DIY stalwarts Bomb the Music Industry!, a collective that pioneered pay-what-you-can self-recorded albums, offered hand-created merch for donations and still managed to tour the world.