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Singer/guitarist Lauren Denitzio composed the 12-songs on Worriers' sophomore album Survival Pop after arriving on the other side of a difficult time. From enduring years of health issues that led to open heart surgery at the age of 25, to growing up gay, to losing friends to substance abuse and suicide, Denitzio is no stranger to life's struggles. But make no mistake, while these experiences certainly influenced the creation of Survival Pop, the record is by no means self-pitying or sad. Instead it is a triumphant rallying cry, a celebration of overcoming, and a cathartic and empowering journey to self-actualization.
There are plenty of songs about growing up, and probably even more about growing up in New Jersey. But on lead single "The Possibility," Denitzio writes a response to the overly romanticized version that reflects their actual experience growing up gay in the Garden State. "This song is for teenage me, who needed a love song that wasn't just about riding around town with your sweetheart down the shore," he notes. Like most of the songs on Survival Pop, it's an act of self-preservation. "I wrote the majority of the songs on this record thinking about what kinds of songs past versions of myself would've needed or been listening to at different points in my life," he adds.