Flyer by the awesome Evan Wolff!
Flyer by the awesome Evan Wolff!
Hey everyone. We leave tomorrow for a short tour. If you’re on the east coast or in the mid-west, check out our shows! Looking forward to seeing folks soon!
- Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
- Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
- Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
- Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey(a reporter for SF Bay View).
- Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
- Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
- Donate to the protestors. There is not much oversight here as it is just a personal email address you’re sending funds too here but it appears to be legitimate and there are certainly people on the ground who could use the help.
- Donate to the businesses of Ferguson. Small business owners in the community are struggling as people are either protesting or trying to stay off the streets. Don’t let the police brutality going on ravage this community long term.
- Plan a protest or action in your own community. Look around, see if one has been scheduled. If not, consider starting one. If you do I recommend following these tips.
- Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
- Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.
Earlier this year we had a tshirt featuring a photo of the Freedom Riders bus fire - as a way to think a lot about the current trends of activism, how it is somehow acceptable to just tweet or post on facebook or not put more of yourself on the line for people you don’t personally know (among other things). What’s currently happening in Ferguson is just one example of ongoing racism and police violence in the US. Above are some things you can do.
Here is also a list of things for white people specifically to do right now.
Please post more. Get involved. Do what you can.
Here’s more information about the shows on our upcoming tour. Not listed are every opportunity to go swimming and/or eat donuts. Only you can help us fill in those blanks!
9/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ Dark Thoughts and Twin Pines
9/2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death by Audio w/ Arm Candy, Chandeli’ers and Mal Blum
9/3 - Easthampton, MA @ The Flywheel w/ California X and Dessert First
9/4 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub w/ Dan Webb and the Spiders, Fucko, Notches
9/5 - Dryden, NY @ TC3 w/ The RealBads, grafted, I am and Pilgrims
9/6 - Cleveland, OH @ Guide to Kulchur w/ iji, Marvelous Good Fortune
9/7 - Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex w/ Private Parts and Cheapshow
9/8 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Genders, Treasurer
9/9 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Kayla Greet at Razorcake wrote this review of our 7” that came out on Yo-Yo Records in Germany late last year.
***We don’t have any more copies of it at shows but you can go order it from the amazing Jan via the Yo-Yo Records website.***
Sinead O’ Rebellion: 7”
Infectious melodies and clear, catchy lyrics merge together with a sound rhythm section, led by a powerful voice and crisp lead guitar parts. Worriers remind me a lot of The Measure [sa]. Undulating vocals that come at you full force but never loose tone or inflection. Songs are about growing up in a state of rebellion and keeping sight of your values, even if they’re alternative ones. In the title track of the release, singer Lauren Denitzio proclaims: “I align myself with the likes of those who rip up photos on broadcast TV / speaking truthfully isn’t quite as easy as making your family happy.” Worriers seem to be driven mostly by Denitzio, who wrote all the tracks on the release and plays lead guitar, though the other three musicians are not lacking any relevance in the band. Beautiful guitar solos wail throughout the record on the wings of the steady and melodic rhythm section with great talent. “Get Bored” is one of the best break up songs I’ve heard in a long time. “When I’m working my way up, you’re hanging with a scum punk / it’s all a turn off / it doesn’t matter anyway / you’ve got the good times, I’ve got my Chinese take-away.” I love that it’s an open-ended song about relationships in general; friend fall outs are just as harsh as break ups. There is a gorgeous lyrical cadence that travels the length of this release which got me singing along on the first listen. They won me over with this 7” and I’m eagerly looking forward to what they do in the future. –Kayla Greet (Yo Yo)
Worriers are going on tour in September! In addition to their incredible Cruel Optimist record, they will also have copies of Lauren Denitzio’s artist book How Do You Like What You Have with them! Do not miss them if they are coming to your town!
Oh hey we’re going on tour! Excited to see ya’ll soon!
Coming soon to a T-shirt near you! Drawing courtesy of the always amazing Liz Prince.
I can’t find the newsreel clip from A League of Their Own (where this part is from), but here’s another Marla Hooch classic for you:
We, as a venue, a safe space, and a home, will NOT tolerate when touring bands treat our town and our home, as their playground.
Tour should be a time when you, as a band, are reaching out and meeting people, promoting yr band, selling yr merch, and building a community around you. Leaving a bad…Punk houses are important. Treat the people who are kind enough to invite you into their home with respect!
Respect the space folks. NB basement shows are the most important.