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It’s gonna be a damned Good Friday – Easter 2021 sees the return of noirish alt.goth roustabouts DESPERATE JOURNALIST
who pile back into the marketplace with a brand new single called ‘Fault’ on April 2nd. Driven along by Simon Drowner’s ear-popping bassline ‘Fault’ finds the quartet in impeccably brutalist form
all banshee howls and lacerating lyrics from singer Jo Bevan. “And those teenage hangups are hard to beat / When your closet is piled up with defeat
” she snaps at one especially prickly point
as alongside her guitarist Rob Hardy and drummer Caz Hellbent add fuel to the sonic flamings.
‘Fault’ is the first track to be hauled from Desperate Journalist’s forthcoming and thoroughly forthright fourth album
"The lyrics for 'Fault' were initially written quite intuitively and informed by what sounded good mouthwise with the kind of melody I thought the song needed - quite sonorous
“Structurally it's unusual for us in that it a) doesn't have many guitars on it and b) has a shifting hook/chorus which doesn't happen at the times you'd necessarily expect. It was more of a textural exercise to record too which was really enjoyable and interesting - there are two drumkits on the recording and also synth undercurrents to make it extra propulsive and intense."
So post-punk has made it into the springtime pages of The Sunday Times? Oh
Throw in a couple of five-track EPs (‘Good Luck’ and ‘You Get Used To It’) and their melody-shattering proficiency is apparent for all to see. Add in a litany of ten-out-of-ten media reviews and utterly devotional followings from desperate fanboys and fangirls from Birmingham to Berlin and Desperate Journalist’s incredibly credible status is more bulletproof than ever before.
Last seen in London Town packing out Rough Trade East and Highbury Garage in the spring of 2019
Sat 19th February 2022 | Lafayette | London