Desperate Journalist have revealed the video for new single 'Be Kind' from their sophomore album 'Grow Up' which is out on Friday (24 March)
via-Fierce Panda Records
Noirishly nourishing North London alt-gothic rocksters and passionate band
Desperate Journalist follow up their spectacular November Kamio comeback show with
big news a’plenty for the New Year.
Firstly, the feisty quartet will headline London’s Scala on April 6th 2017 as part of a string of live dates in the UK and Germany. And secondly, on March 24th they release their second album, ‘Grow Up’, ostensibly eleven tracks of rocketing leftfield delights propelled forth with thundering rhythms, thunderously spectacular guitar and Jo Bevan’s thunderstruck vocals.
Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the underground scene right now. The campaign for ‘Grow Up’ kicked off with the Kamio headline and the release of the heroically muscular ‘Hollow’ single, followed by the launch of ‘Resolution’ which was premiered on New Year’s Day, playlisted by BBC 6 Music and made its mark as a Lamacq Livener. If both ‘Hollow’ and ‘Resolution’ capture a band working ever harder, faster, stronger then fittingly the ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist building on the sublimely tetchy mood swings of their 2014 self-titled debut and the tense interim ‘Good Luck’ EP by adding a fresh sonic sheen to their old school indie stroppings. Or in the words or singer Jo…
“The album is, in fact, about growing up - the title came about as half a joke based on the strong emotions therein but it fit thematically due to the fact that each song is about figuring out what being an adult is supposed to mean. The cover image is a photo of me at the start of my (ongoing) phase of teenage angst so seemed appropriate. I'm still not 100% sure what I'm supposed to be doing with myself now I'm over the age when it's considered excusable to be an emotional romantic nightmare and all the songs are borne of that anxiety. I don't have a LiveJournal any more so here's my heart and brain broadcasting live to anyone who'd care to listen.
“Musically we also wanted this to be a progression from our first record, which hopefully comes across. There's a lot more atmosphere on this album. We were thinking about arrangements and structures in a more (ugh) mature way this time round having figured a lot of stuff out via writing and recording the songs from our debut and then the EP. We're so proud of it and it's resulted in something we really feel is both more powerful and more refined. We're now a well oiled cathartic tunes machine. Or something.”
Desperate Journalist are two boys and two girls who live in North London. They consist of
Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums).
Saturday 28th January - Derby, Hairy Dog
Saturday 11th February - Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
Saturday 25th February - Manchester, The Live Room
Wednesday 29th March - Bristol, Louisiana
Thursday 30th March - Sheffield, Leadmill
Friday 31st March - Glasgow, Nice N Sleazys
Saturday 1st April - Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Thursday 6th April - London, Scala
Saturday 8th April – Darmstadt, Bedroomdisco
Sunday 9th April - Freiburg, Slow Club
Tuesday 11th April - Stuttgart, Goldmarks
Wednesday 12th April - Cologne, Blue Shell
Thursday 13th April - Hamburg, Gruner Jager
Friday 14th April - Leipzig, Ilses Erika
Saturday 15th April - Bremen, Lagerhaus
B I Z Z A R R E
Desperate Journalist - Be Kind