By Willow Shields
Chicagoan experimental indie dreamboat Worry Club popped onto our radars with dreamy double track single ‘Japanese/A Whole Month of You’. With catchy synth riffs and deeply personal lyrics, Worry Club is made up of vocalist, musician and producer Chase Walsh and visual artist Zack Zagula.
With this in mind we caught up with Chase to discuss the past present and future of Worry Club.
Willow: How has the pandemic affected you as an artist?
WC: I’ve definitely had more time on my hands. I’ve had more time to experiment with new sounds and new instruments. It has definitely allowed me to branch out into new areas of music that I’m not sure I would have found without this pandemic. Of course we can’t play shows which sucks but it has given me time to focus on my social media presence. I’ve played a few online festivals including some in Minecraft. Which DEFINITELY would not have happened without this pandemic.
Willow: What vibe would you describe your music as?
WC: Very laid back and easy to listen to. Though I like to jam-pack my songs with a lot of sounds so the listener can find something new with each listen. I write lyrics that personally resonate with me and hope to help some people through anything they’re going through.
Listen to ‘Japanese’ here:
Willow: Did you listen to music growing up? How do you think it’s affected you as an artist?
WC: For as far back as I can remember, I was surrounded by music. My dad mainly introduced me to the music that shaped me into the human that I am today. Just riding around in the car with him, you would hear classic rock, trance music and A LOT of movie soundtracks. No one in my family really plays any instruments so I’m not too sure what gave me the urge to pick up the guitar. But I know I’ve always wanted to fucking rock. I was very into AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and The Rolling Stones as a kid. I played every guitar hero and was banging on the drums most days of my life. I was THAT kid.
Willow: Do you have any advice for people starting out in music?
WC: Make the music that YOU like. Most of my life I was making music that I thought would “Do well” and sound good to my peers but in reality, the only thing that makes me happy is making music that I love to listen to.
Willow: What inspires you when writing and why?
WC: Writing lyrics and music is truly the only way I can cope with some of the mental health problems that I have. Therapists never worked for me. Medication never really worked for me. But as I’ve grown up I’ve realized that music is really the only thing that I can rely on to keep me alive. Music Is the only thing that kept me from taking my life in high school and the only thing that seems to give me purpose in my life today. I’m forever grateful for this outlet.
“I played every guitar hero and was banging on the drums most days of my life. I was THAT kid.“Worry Club
Willow: Your music is super personal to you; are there any artists who inspire you/ influence your sound?
WC: Oh definitely. I would say my biggest influence is a band out of Arizona called The Maine. Ever since I was little I have been following this band. Never missed a release and never missed a show. Their music is so incredibly personal to them and it has always set a good example for me and my music. And of course I have to mention Thin Lizzy again. They just freaking rock. And at its core, I want my music to freaking rock. I love guitar solos, I love punchy drums and a killer bass line.
Willow: Your single “In My Ear” has over 11k streams, how did it make you feel getting to a milestone like that?
WC: I can hardly explain what It felt like to hit 1,000 streams let alone eleven! But god I’m seriously so humbled to see that 11k people have jammed a song that means so much to me. And now that it’s over 20k streams I just can’t believe it. It’s really just my dream to have people relating to the music that I’ve created. So fuckin cool.
Willow: How does it feel being signed by Future Gods? What’s the story behind it?
WC: Josh at Future Gods has been an amazing addition to the club. Once I had released a few songs, Zack and I began talking about labels and how they could help us. We found josh at future gods and he turned out to be everything we were looking for. He’s helped us become much more strategic with our releases and we’ve seen awesome results after releasing our first track together, “Japanese”.
Willow: What do you see in the future for Worry Club?
WC: Hopefully playing shows and getting to see fans in person. I love recording and producing music so I really hope to help other artists like me achieve a sound that they’re looking for. Really I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. Writing music that helps me and helps anyone who listens.