Today, UK indie-rock band Don’t Worry have announced that their long-awaited second album, “Remorseless Swing”, will be released on March 25th, 2022, via Specialist Subject records via the sharing of new single “Head’s Chocka”. Since their inception in 2014, Don’t Worry have earned themselves a loyal following, releasing their debut album “Who Cares Anyway?” back in 2018. The band, helmed by co-lead singers Ronan Van Kehoe and Samuel Watson, write about everything from the mundanities of life to the relatively profound delivering a relatable commentary on modern day life.
In October 2021, Don’t Worry dropped the first taste of their new album in the form of new single “Crushing Weight”. The single saw the band veering into slightly poppier territory than their previous output, whilst still maintaining their own signature brand of indie-rock. The band cite a diverse range of influences for their new record, combining the vocal harmonies of classic pop groups like The Beach Boys and The Beatles, the guitar stylings of US indie heroes Built To Spill and Pavement with the energy and quintessential ‘Britishness’ of acts like The Streets, The Cribs and Blur.
On their new sound, Van Kehoe says: “Although we were never a straight up emo band, that emo revival scene was very popular in the UK when we formed back in 2014. That’s the scene that booked us to play shows at the beginning, and it’s where we found a home for a while”. Fast forward to now and the pair have broadened their horizons and tastes. “We’re very excited to showcase a different sound from our band, and to see where that leads us”, he continues.
With more time on their hands than usual, in 2020 the band were able to adapt to a new writing process. Exchanging remotely recorded ideas until they ended up with over 40 demos to choose from before heading into the studio to record. The whole process was a collaborative effort, allowing each member to pay more attention to detail than they had been previously able to, resulting in their most accomplished work to date.
New single and album opener “Head’s Chocka” started life as a relatively twee acoustic song about the highs and lows of a long distance relationship. “I was listening to a lot of Jeff Tweedy at the time and really just wanted to make something pretty sounding”, explains Watson. “The lyrics are loosely about navigating a long distance relationship in its early stages. The excitement and intensity of that alongside uncertainty and longing”, he continues. With input from the rest of the band, the acoustic demo grew into a fully-fledged indie anthem.
“Remorseless Swing” was recorded in Spring 2021 at No Luck Audio, Exeter, a studio run by drummer Tom Gilbert, who, after touring with Don’t Worry in early 2020, playing with Soot Sprite, has joined the band full time. He along with bass player Alex Reed, Van Kehoe and Watson took a very hands on approach to the record’s production and the result is an album that’s brimming with collaborative energy and creativity. Now eight years into their journey together, Don’t Worry are showing no signs of slowing down and are very much looking forward to taking their explosive new album on the road in Spring 2022.
Pre-order “Remorseless Swing” here.
1. Head’s Chocka
2. Do That Thing
3. Crushing Weight
4. Boredom Abound
5. Every Corner
6. Got, Need
7. The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing
9. See Thru
10. Progress With Denise
11. What’s in a Name
UK Tour Dates 2022:
19/05/22 – Cavern, Exeter
20/05/22 – The Four Horsemen, Bournemouth
21/05/22 – The Pipeline, Brighton
22/05/22 – The Moon, Cardiff
23/05/22 – The Library, Oxford
24/05/22 – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
26/05/22 – Subside, Birmingham
27/05/22 – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich
28/05/22 – Signature Brew, London