Described by Alternative Press as “…the glorious love child of Joan Jett and Kurt Cobain”, theWorst is a powerful trio with hard-hitting tunes. According to Spotify, theWorst has only three singles and one album to their name; however, these established artists have gained a meteoric rise since their formation in 2016 focusing on performances and touring. With sold-out national tours, the US-based threesome is known to be enthusiastic and energetic performers. Yet, they show the same passion in their singles as compared to gigs with ‘Jim’s Song’ being the most recent release.
Following their single ‘Yes Regrets’, theWorst release the grunge-inspired track ‘Jim’s Song’. Combining pounding drums with dynamic guitars, ‘Jim’s Song’ is a screeching piece of sonic angst. Yes, there is a uniqueness to theWorst’s music, however, strong comparisons can be made to Nirvana and Pixies, especially regarding the distortion and obscurity of the sound. Tipping you into a whirlpool of music, you can easily lose yourself in the kaleidoscopic ambience with its intense soundscape.
What I find most intriguing about ‘Jim’s Song’ is the grittiness of Brooke Binion’s vocals. Similar to Joan Jett’s gruffness, her tones are an embodiment of strong, empowered and independent females. Can you say embodiment when referring to music? Well, you can now. As with theWorst’s music, the concept is outgoing, astounding and breaking boundaries.
Produced by renowned industry professional Will Holland at Chillhouse Studios, ‘Jim’s Song’ has some power behind its punch. The melodic arrangement presents a flowing style within the grunge-like instrumentation. While these elements are interesting, I find the dip in tone and pace to execute vocals-only sections the most entertaining. It is as if Binion is standing front and centre pointing out the poignancy of “a better place to hide”. Moreover, the abrupt ending enhances the intensity and intimacy of the track.
In addition to their single, theWorst released an official music video for ‘Jim’s Song’. Please note that while there are no strobe-like lighting effects, the video uses rapid image transitions that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.