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Worth Taking



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Atlanta, Georgia (2006 – present)

Worth Taking is an American rock band formed in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia by Jerod McBrayer.

Like many passionate songsters before him, Jerod McBrayer listened to Jimmy Eat
World’s Bleed American and it changed his life. His heart pounded, his veins pumped
what felt like strawberry syrup, and his body felt like he was in one of those dreams
where you try to run but your legs move like marshmallows. He loved it and wanted to
create it.

As a creative outlet to his Atlanta punk bands, Jerod began exploring what has become
Worth Taking’s sound. He loved the infectious energy of punk music, but was drawn
to the way power pop-punk bands sweetened the raw punk sound to create something
addictively tuneful. The pop-oriented sound also allowed him to show off his sugary
vocals and explore deeper lyrical themes, such as love, hope and our ongoing struggle
with morality.

In 2011, Jerod recorded Worth Taking’s first EP, singing all vocals and playing each
instrument. The Anxious EP turned out to be a well-rounded five-song power pop-punk
record that showcased Jerod’s command of simple, irresistible melodies, while preserving
the electrifying energy of punk music. His lyrics related effortlessly to the challenges of
post adolescent life, without the whiny, post-breakup discourse so prevalent in many pop-
punk songs. After promoting Anxious at the Cornerstone Festival, he decided that if he
was ever going to find quality band members who shared his passion, he needed to head


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