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Desperate Journalist
Desperate Journalist Grow Up Out Now
24th March 2017
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** DESPERATE JOURNALIST ‘GROW UP’ IN 2017 **
** SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUT NOW **
** HEADLINE SHOW AT THE SCALA ON APRIL 6TH **

A glowering inferno of a fierce panda one sheet

The Band: DESPERATE JOURNALIST

The Release: ‘GROW UP’

The Formats: VINYL / CD / DOWNLOAD ALBUM

The Release Date: Out Now

The Label: fierce panda

CD | VINYL | DIGITAL

The Tracklisting: 1 ‘HOLLOW’; 2 ‘RESOLUTION’; 3 ‘BE KIND’; 4 ‘ALL OVER’; 5 ‘PURPLE’; 6 ‘LACKING IN YOUR LOVE’; 7 ‘WHY ARE YOU SO BORING?’; 8 ‘YOUR GENIUS’; 9 ‘I TRY NOT TO’; 10 ‘OH NINA’; 11 ‘RADIATING’.

The Truth: Noirishly nourishing North London alt.gothic rocksters 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.

It’s already been quite the year for the foursome: starting with the New Year’s Day release of the ‘Resolution’ single they curated a Pandamonium show at Dalston Victoria, recorded a session for John Kennedy on Radio X and saw ‘Resolution’ earn a Lamacq Livener slot, garner single of the week on his Roundtable show and then leap onto the BBC 6 Music playlist. On March 10th they released 'Be Kind' as a single, and a lovingly bittersweet assault of emotions and guitar glories it is too, as you can tell from the Clash premiere here: http://www.clashmusic.com/videos/premiere-desperate-journalist-be-kind

Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the underground scene right now. If lead-off single ‘Hollow’ and the follow-up ‘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 of 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 fits 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 it 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.”

This all means that Desperate Journalist sound meatier and bolder, yet are still infused with a keen pop sensibility which ensures that ‘Grow Up’ contains at least five possible singles. ‘Grow Up’ is available to pre-order on CD via www.fiercepanda.co.uk/shop.php?release=532 right now, while below you can also find details of an exclusive super-cheap CD / gig ticket bundle. Hold on tight…

Club Fandango, Disorder & fierce panda present:
DESPERATE JOURNALIST
+ ASYLUMS
+ PURS
The Venue: London Kings Cross Scala
(275 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL) www.scala.co.uk
The Stardate: Thursday 6 April 2017
The Doors: 7.30pm
The Age Limit: 16+ (with ID)
The Advance Tickets: £10 via www.dice.fm/event/desperate-journalist-6th-apr-scala-london-tickets
The Advance Ticket / ‘Grow Up’ CD bundle: £15 via www.fiercepanda.co.uk/shop.php?release=533

DESPERATE JOURNALIST ON TOUR 2017

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 Kings Cross 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
www.desperatejournalist.co.uk
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