Ever-effervescent North London alt.gothic indie tykes Desperate Journalist continue their New Year clampdown with a new single to lead us ever closer to the release of their second album on March 24th and a European tour which includes their headline show at The Scala on April 6th.
That new single is called ‘Be Kind’ and it is notable for a good few reasons: firstly it is the third track to be taken from the imminent ‘Grow Up’ opus; secondly it arguably represents their most (bitter)sweet creative moment so far thanks to a lush combination of Jo Bevan’s yearning vocals and Rob Hardy’s swoonsome guitar peaking with a frankly fabulous melodic surge around 2.14 in; thirdly – and here comes the spoiler alert – there’s an ace false ending bang on the three minute mark.
Predictably this is the only thing remotely fake about Desperate Journalist one of the most potent important DIY bands lurking on the underground scene right now. The ‘Grow Up’ campaign started with a Kamio appearance and the release of lead-off track ‘Hollow’ last November. Then came the release of second single ‘Resolution’ on January 1st which was appointed as a Lamacq Livener pop-charmed its way onto the 6 Music playlist and blew punk rock kisses at a smitten blogosphere.
Next up hot on the heels of the ‘Be Kind’ single the feisty quartet will release their sophomore album ‘Grow Up’ ostensibly eleven tracks of rocketing leftfield delights propelled forth with thundering rhythms thunderously spectacular guitar and thunderstruck vocals which 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.
‘Grow Up’ is available to pre-order on CD via Panda website right now while below you can also find details of an exclusive super-cheap CD / gig ticket bundle. Hold on tight…
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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 grown-up)
The Advance Tickets: £10 via DICE / We Got Tickets / SEE
The Advance Ticket / ‘Grow Up’ CD bundle: £15 via Panda Website
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