* IT'S NOT 'ALL OVER' FOR DESPERATE JOURNALIST! *
* FREE TUNE AND OCTOBER LIVE DATES AHOY! *
Bashfully ferocious alt.rock perfectionists Desperate Journalist continue the post-punk postergirl promo trail for their grand ‘Grow Up’ album with a pawful of live shows in October and a free giveaway of the 'All Over' track. This pawful includes a headline show at The Dome in London Town (with freshly-announced support from youthful rockster duo Young Romance and feisty indie punkstas Fightmilk), as well as two gigs in one day in that there NorthEast of Englandshire, as per the dates below. The giveaway track 'All Over' meanwhile showcases their usual blend of melody and malevolence, with the added bonus of some serious shdredding from guitarist Rob. You can get that track sent to you for free after you sign up to the band's mailing list at https://desperatejournalist.co.uk right now.
OCTOBER 6TH MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
OCTOBER 7TH MIDDLESBROUGH Twisterella Festival
OCTOBER 7TH NEWCASTLE Jumpin’ Jacks
OCTOBER 13TH COVENTRY The Tin
OCTOBER 14TH OXFORD The Cellar
OCTOBER 19TH LONDON TUFNELL PARK The Dome
(+ Young Romance + Fightmilk)
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The crunchy North London-based quartet released their second album ‘Grow Up’ in March to a fanfare of admirably excellent reviews (see below) and played a brilliant springtime Scala headline show on April 6th. After the singular successes of ‘Hollow’, ‘Resolution’ and ‘Be Kind’ on the blogosphere, 6music and Radio X lastly came the digital single release for ‘Why Are You So Boring?’, wherein singer Jo Bevan machineguns her lyrical way through Rob Hardy’s howling guitar barbs and Simon Drowner and Caz Hellbent’s vitriolic bass’n’drum combination for precisely two minutes and 33 seconds.
You can see the excellent swear-a-long video for the ‘Why Are You So Boring?’ single at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NMN_Ouxvgo right now. Rest assured there is a message in the madness, as Jo explains:
"The song is inspired by a certain type of irritating person I've spent many evenings with in pubs and at gigs and at clubs and at houses. People who think they are desperately interesting and original and crucially, more desperately interesting and original than anyone they meet, because they have once in their lives given something cultural or political more than a modicum of thought, or because they have been told that they have. These people and their lack of self-awareness and their patronizing chatter and their awful flirting techniques are everywhere. They aren't charming, and they're ten a penny. It's a protest song about tossers."
The ‘Grow Up’ album is available from all the usual online platforms as well as Panda Shop Right Here
‘Desperate Journalist are hammering their flag into the icy terrain of the epic end of post-punk (The Cure) and modern indie rock (Arcade Fire), and 'Grow Up' is a personal diary magnified to the scale of an IMAX screen'.
Q Magazine 4/5
'The aptly named Grow Up, dark-edged enough for the black-clad, but with an exuberance that won’t alienate the pop loving, is a more confident and more accessible album than its post-punkier predecessor.'
Record Collector 4/5
'Bigger, better, more expansive and fresher, while their collective deportment has something of a swagger about it.'
'A huge undertaking, a staggering achievement. You need this'
The Skinny 5/5
'Bevan and Hardy have composed a modern masterpiece'
Louder Than War 10/10
‘Everything which made ‘Grow Up’s predecessor sound good sounds that much better this time out…It lures you further than ever before into its bewitching alternative reality.’
Drowned In Sound 8/10