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It’s difficult to place a measurable value on a band that’s content and confident enough to declare itself “Worthless” on its own. But shouldn’t it always be that way? Absolutely anyone can value or undervalue song, sound and subject – and everyone knows the grass is always greener.
What should be kept in mind in the worthless chase for measuring musical merit is the act of creation itself. And what Worthless have created is “Greener Grass,” their new 7” on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, their third official release and, it turns out, the first thing they’ve officially recorded as a true, multi-dimensional, physical band.
You see, the super-sunny, sweet alone-tone bedroom-doom vibes that have fertilized “Greener Grass” in particular and the Worthless sound in general owe their origin to a definable source: Curtis Godino’s solitary bedroom blast-offs, running riff after riff through the air in hopes of trapping an elusive ghost of a song.
Godino – also one of the engines that drives the high-wattage, absolutely-not-worthless visual crew known as Drippy Eye Projections – got good enough at trapping those ghosts that they eventually came to life, in the form of song collections – last year’s BBiB-released “Keep Sleeping” cassette, among them – which were recorded alone, or with friends. Most notably Skyler Toski (vocals, guitar, bass) and Nicole Zamfes (Vox Super Continental). And on “Greener Grass”, Annique Johnson (vocals), Francis Perrott (drums), and Joey Lynch (provider of the freaky flute on “Freakout”), join in on the farout merriment.
And while “Greener Grass” shows the now fully-realized band promoting various sonic strategies to achieve “high-growth,” this EP is also planting the seeds for further Worthless fruition, in the form of a full-length LP to be released by BBiB early in 2015, and certain to be worth its weight in green. - Ryan Muldoon