"You are going to struggle with Wisconsin" said an American friend when I discussed the idea of the State Of Music with some people I felt would know better.
Indeed, if I looked up the amount of famous bands and musicians from The Badger State you could probably cut off most of my fingers and I could still count them on one hand.
This is why you could imagine my delight at finding Worrier, a five piece from Milwaukee who, on this adventure at least, have a sound I haven't heard before. Although every time I listen to their Source Error Spells album I am reminded of bands yet cannot seem to pinpoint exactly who they are.
Answers on a postcard.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are Worrier and where in the world would we find you?
We are Chris, Sean, Josh, Erik and Roger making up the latest version of an 'electro circus punk band'... so we've been told. Found in Milwaukee, WI,, usually at the Blackbird.
CMM: How long has the band been in existence and how did it all start?
Weve been in existence since 08, starting off when my pal Scott came for a visit from England and proceeded to stay 2 visa's worth writing the first album with me and eventually forming a band that has taken on a multiple cast of characters eventually landing on the current line up.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
It's an ever evolving sound science experiment involving as many explosions as we can endure. At the start, I guess, a mathy pop band, more recently flirting with the electro side but with the same angular dissonant elements that has always been the backbone.
CMM: What is the music scene like in Wisconsin right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?
It's a diverse cut of bands, largely DIY and for some time now leaning heavily towards the garage rock genre, but recently shifting slightly to a new breed of clever young rockers that I hope will take the keys to the city soon.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
Surroundings for sure, we recorded the first album overlooking a frozen lake and white winter blanket which unknowingly seemed to spawn a kind of reoccurring desolate sea theme, completely unintentional. And like I mentioned before Milwaukee has a very strong DIY culture, and that has always been very important and influential to us as well. As far as the local music scene there are some amazing bands around us that have totally inspired us to push ourselves and be as creative as possible so as to bring something new to the table.
CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?
As a group we are sort of all over the map with our influences, everything from noise, pop, electro, hardcore, classic rock, intoxicants, art, nature, family, etc etc,, we can usually always agree on listening to the Liars and hanging out and drinking though. We are probably most influenced by each other's differences and what each will bring to the table as well as by our friendship.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
We have our debut album 'Source Errors Spells' out on Parabolica(Japan), Richter Collective(Ireland/UK) and Supermedic(US), as well as a split 7" with our pals Sleepcomesdown so far and begin recording the second album when we get back from tour.
CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?
We've just finished a west coast tour. We last year we toured Japan and UK/EU the year before that. Cross the board our favorite places to play are all age or house shows. In Milwaukee the Cactus Club is pretty much our home away from home.
CMM: What's next in the pipeline for Worrier?
When we get back from tour we begin recording our next album, playing only a handful of shows till it's finished. Next year we will head out on tour to support it's release.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
We live at: http://www.facebook.com/worryher and you can get merch thru us there or at our bandcamp. Japanese release lives here: http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002ZW47B4/hipland-22/
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