On record: Future Me, by Worriers 

Melodic punk is a mature form. In the 40 years since "Blitzkrieg Bop," we've gotten a good idea of what these songs sound like, and that constitutes a challenge for musicians. How do you produce the visceral thrill so important to the genre when everything sounds familiar? But this problem is also an opportunity. When the formula is recognizable, all you need to make it new again is to tweak one thing.

So it is when Lauren Denitzio's vocals come in on "Future Me." The new single from Brooklyn's Worriers starts with the kind of big, descending chord progression that has been a staple since "Anarchy in the U.K." Then her neurasthenic alto adds just enough melancholy to make it fresh.

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A man could bore all of us with this song by shouting about not giving up. But when Denitzio sings, glumly, about reliving the past "like a phantom limb" and the broken tape deck "in my old room, in the house you never went to," she draws the listener into a world where music is both a throwback and a way forward. "Here I am," she sings, "future me." That doubles as a mission statement for punk rock.

Worriers play the ZACC Below Sun., July 30, at 7 PM, along with Typesetter, Mossmouth and Buddy Jackson.

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