“Everybody has their own style in this band and when it came together it made its own sound.” —Aaron NovakThe thing with punk rock is that many bands attempt to pull off something original but instead sound like a carbon copy of what we’ve heard before. The success of the DIY scene in recent years has been a breath of fresh air — and a melting pot for some truly great acts. Worship This! have only been together for six months, but already sounds like they’ve been around far longer. Comprised of Aaron Novak (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Provchy (vocals, guitar), Josh Taylor (bass, some vocals) and Jeff Hart (drums). Deserving of a home on a solid label like No Idea Records, Worship This! stands out in a scene often flooded with generic-sounding bands. “Jeremy and I started playing together acoustically and were looking for a drummer for a while when we ended up finding Jeff and Josh,” said Novak, who’s been part of the Akron/Cleveland scene over the last decade in bands like Yesterday’s News, The Conquest and Waiting for Evangeline. Worship This! has learned a thing or two from the DIY scene. By not relying on a manager to book shows and set up other gigs — not to mention playing a lot of house shows — the band says things go smoother and more simply. “You don’t have a lot of overhead from the venues and there’s not a lot of crowd control. People can just come and hang out without a lot of pressure,” Provchy said. “By doing free shows and donation days, you get a lot more people out to the shows.” Influences include ’90s indie/punk bands like Jawbreaker, Jealous Sound and Samiam, but Novak believes the music speaks for itself. “Everybody has their own style in this band and when it came together it made its own sound,” he said. The band released a demo EP, recorded by Chris Wright of The Goonz and Above This Fire, which can be acquired via Death to False Hope Records as a free download or on Little Buddy Records in physical form. “Andy Babin from the Kling Thing House printed out the covers and put out the CD on his own Little Buddy Records,” Novak said. “He also hand-silkscreened the covers and has been a great help to us.” Worship This! plans to track a full-length album in early fall, for a release shortly thereafter. They’ve worked on five or six songs and intend to test two or three live. When I asked about their live show, Novak cracked a smile. “A lot of chaos. A bloodbath,” he said sarcastically as the band burst into laughter. “Seriously, though, at our shows recently there have been a lot of kids singing along to our songs, which is cool. But there’s not a lot of blood going on.” The local scnee is supportive in other ways, too. “Networking among our community has helped out with booking out-of-state shows,” said Novak. “You meet someone playing a show or you met someone from a previous band and they tend to hook you up. We try to do the same for other bands.” While Worship This! has booked local shows in the coming months, including stops at Akron’s Musica and The Grog Shop in Cleveland, they’ll also be North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. Internet outlets like Bandcamp and Soundcloud help with exposure, too. “There are 700 people that have downloaded our record already, so that is 700 people that wouldn’t have heard us otherwise,” Novak said. Giving their music away for free doesn’t faze them, either. “It makes the people that do purchase it that more rewarding when they could just have it for free,” Provchy said. “People are buying the album, which is pretty nice.” With so much going on in the near future, the goals for Worship This! stay simple. “We want to release our full-length record on vinyl and play out-of-town as much as we can with bands we love,” Novak said. Check Worship This! in all its blood and glory this month at the Dag House in Ohio City on June 5, Musica with The Flatliners on June 10 and The Grog Shop with Bomb the Music Industry and Cheap Girls on June 25.