New Music 2018: Worst Part

“Rock music in a gross tuning.”


"I'm that shy kid who never talks to people at shows," says Lor Sangster, drummer for the trio Worst Part. But when her other band, Kilmore, played with a show with Scumgrief, she connected with guitarist Andrew Gagne. A year or so later, with bassist Sean McInnis, Worst Part was born. Its first EP, Heel, came out in March. Broadly, it's heavy—elements of stoner rock and metal—but a bit hard to pin down.

"You look at all these random genres—what the hell is dream pop—and it's like 'Yeah, we're southeastern crab core,'" jokes Sangster. "I don't know what we are, in a world that continuously defines really minute things. We just say it's rock music in a gross tuning. I think we're just looking for stuff we wanna hear but we wanna play as well."

Worst Part's blending of genres and uncommon humour—Heel's opening track is called "The Yeezus Lizard"—means the trio has more lineup options than if it were a straight-ahead metal band. "For me playing queer spaces is important as well, finding spaces people feel safe to go to," says Sangster, flagging Radstorm as one such space. "Heavier venues are tough for that as well. Even diversifying bills—that way you diversify your audience. It promotes inclusivity and gets your music out to more people as well. I'm happy to play a show with friends I respect." —TT

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