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Cruel Optimist

by Worriers

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Passion 01:43
Never Were 02:12
Killjoy 02:46
Why We Try 02:43


“Cruel Optimist” is the title track from the debut full-length by Worriers. On these songs, Lauren (joined by guitarist Rachel Rubino, drummer Mikey Erg, and bassist Tim Burke) sounds more focused than ever on her lyrics. These songs are smart and critical, reflecting on the sorts of feminist politics that Lauren has spent years of her life exploring through visual art and organizing. The title of the record refers to Lauren Berlant’s term “Cruel Optimism”, the idea that “something you desire might actually be an obstacle to your flourishing.” It comes through in the title track, when Lauren sings, “What doesn’t kill you, just makes you a mess / but no one ever wants to tell you.”


released October 28, 2013

Lauren Denitzio - guitar and vocals
Rachel Rubino - guitar
Tim Burke! - bass
Mikey Yannich - drums

backing vocals by Cynthia Schemmer

Recorded at Permanent Hearing Damage in May 2013
Mastered by Carl Saff

all songs written by Lauren Denitzio


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Worriers Brooklyn, New York

Worriers are a band from Brooklyn, New York, led by songwriter Lauren Denitzio. They've toured with acts like John K Samson, Against Me!, Julien Baker, Anti Flag, The Wonder Years, and more. Worriers' debut album "Imaginary Life" was produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! ... more

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