Posted on February 22, 2010 by Dylan Anderson

Kara Blizzard speaks to bass player and singer Chris Patterson of the Arrogant Worms.

By Kara Blizzard –

Worms will invade campus on February 23rd!

The Arrogant Worms have been making music for almost twenty years, and this will be their first visit to Camrose. Bass player and singer Chris Patterson said they are excited to play at Augustana: “We like playing to smaller communities, where you can look out into the crowd and see families.”

The concert is an event for Augustana’s theme of Dissent. According to Patterson, music is an important form of dissent: “People use music all the time to create goodwill, or to create dissent. Music is a way to vent. The music of the day is supposed to be a reflection of what’s going on in the world, so if dissent is required, then dissent will be given, I think.”

The Worms’ own music does not make overt political statements, but many of their songs comment on current issues. Patterson pointed out a song on their most recent album, Torpid, called “Big Box Store.” He said, “Big box stores, for whatever their value, they really have taken a toll on smaller communities and Mom ‘n’ Pop shops, like hardware stores and little department stores.”

The Worms use their sense of humour to poke fun at the “ridiculosity” of things like big box stores, dumb guys and angsty teens. Their music is not only about mockery, though; it’s about entertaining.

Patterson said, “Life isn’t always fair and fun, but we try to make our two-hour portion of someone’s day kind of fun. Humour is how we express ourselves, and people have responded really well to it for nearly twenty years. Humour is also kind of universal. We get all ages at our shows. Little kids think it’s funny to see three grown-ups jumping around and acting silly, and adults actually get the jokes.” Augustana students will likely relate to songs about technology, manufactured Hollywood stars, and being Canadian.

The Arrogant Worms will play at seven p.m. on February 23rd, in Augustana’s chapel. Tickets are free for students, and others can buy them for twenty-five dollars at Candler Art Gallery or the Augustana Bookstore. To preview the Worms’ music, visit their website at

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