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). Lured together by fate and a fierce sense of what makes alternative music actually really bloody alternative they started their journey at the local Negative Creep grunge club night in Finsbury Park on February 23rd 2013 and have barely looked back since.
Their second album, Grow Up, was released to considerable acclaim in March 2017, backed by a UK and German tour. The first single, “Hollow” was released in October 2016. It was reviewed well by Stereogum, and has seen radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music, and was picked out as Song of the Day by KEXP. The second single, “Resolution”, about New Year’s Eve parties, was released on January 1, 2017, was playlisted by BBC Radio 6music, played by Radio X and made “Lamacq Livener” on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show.
This is the sound of glamour huddled around a gas fire smoking a butt rollie and dreaming out of the window, looking into the stars. The beautiful and spellbinding sound of a band desperate to prove something…what they do prove is that groups with guitars this great aren’t two-a-penny anymore.
Jeremy Allen, The Quietus
The ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist building on the sublimely tetchy moodswings of their self-titled debut and the intense interim ‘Good Luck’ EP by adding a fresh sonic sheen to their old school indie stroppings. This means that they sound meatier and bolder yet are still infused with a keen pop sensibility which ensures that ‘Grow Up’ contains at least five possible singles.
Such is intense life with Desperate Journalist, one of the most potent, important DIY bands lurking on the UK underground scene right now. The campaign for ‘Grow Up’ kicked off with the Kamio headline and the release of the heroically muscular ‘Hollow’ single, and if both ‘Hollow’ and the follow-up ‘Resolution’ capture a band working ever harder, faster, stronger then fittingly the ‘Grow Up’ album sees Desperate Journalist coming of age with aplomb.
Powerful guitar pop that hits like the Smiths amped up to Savages’ intensity level.
Support from Bury St Edmunds’ surf-grunge heroes TUNDRA, the utterly singular KEITH TOTP, Colchester’s psychedelic wonders TROPIC OF XHAO and the long-awaited live return of Sudbury singer-songwriter ABBIE BROOM.