“If Taylor Swift was a rock band, it would sound like Worth Taking,” is what San Francisco-based Worth Taking proclaim on their own Facebook page. The trio work to take from their influences — Jimmy Eat World, blink-182, Green Day — and pair them with infectious vocals that belt out lyrical topics ranging from love/hope to our seemingly never-ending struggle with morality.
Worth Taking is the brainchild of Atlanta native Jerod McBrayer, who began exploring this new sound as a creative outlet to his punk bands. He recorded the debut Worth Taking EP Anxious in 2011, and after promoting it at the Cornerstone Festival, headed out west. Once in San Francisco, he met Chris Self, who played in the Adeline Records band Fetish, and the two quickly hit it off. With this new lineup, Worth Taking transformed their live show into something even more vibrant. They’ve continued to write and release music, most recently sharing their sophomore album Hangman in 2016.
Now featuring drummer Chase Kossack, Worth Taking have returned with “Am I The Only One,” a new standalone single that was released last month. McBrayer says of the song, “The big take-home is feeling like you are the only one who’s seeing what’s happening around you.” While it’s not an entirely political track, he hopes to express the feeling of seeing so much happening around you that everyone else seems to be ignoring, leaving you with the sense that you’re the only one seeing it happen.
Today, we are teaming up with Work Taking to bring you an exclusive premiere of the music video for this single, which was created by an outside producer, who compiled footage from another project done overseas.
“This song is for anyone that has ever felt alone or isolated. While it can sometimes feel like you are moving one way and the rest of the world is moving the other, you might not be the only one. Even if it’s one person that lives a world away, there’s someone that understands. I think this video is a great visual representation of that idea,” explains McBrayer.