Desperate Journalist ‘Resolution’

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We’ve never been a fan of New Year, the end of Christmas, the beginning of January, the histrionic countdown followed by fumbled drunken kisses … and then what? usually a big fuck off hangover followed by taking down the tree and decorations and a return back to the daily grind! If month’s had a visual accompaniment January would be a grey, cold wet concrete slab shot in grainy monochrome despite the hype, the heralding of a new dawn, the expectation for the new year, come midnight nothing really changes. So we can relate to Desperate Journalist’s new year offering ‘Resolution’ a rousing guitar driven indie juggernaut with a nod to the doomed romantic grandeur of the Smiths and Morrissey sans the aforementioned front man’s increasingly tiresome and tawdry Little Englander bellendry.

It’s always been the impassioned peel of bells vocal from frontwoman Jo Bevan, the glorious chiming whirl of meshed guitars, the emotional intelligence and dramatic melodies that have marked Desperate Journalist as one of the most interesting indie bands of recent years. In fact when we tipped them back in 2013 we were convinced they were going to make a sizeable dent the following year. But the world doesn’t work like that. Perhaps in the current state of flux the music industry finds itself in, success for a band is defined as actually being able to continue.

‘Resolution’ was written one New Year when singer Jo was in a hotel room after a New Year’s Eve party feeling ‘particularly peculiar’, pondering the dramatic gesture that is the New Year party, unable to drink and on a lot of codeine,” broadly speaking, the song is about being detached and over stimulated.”

The band, will release a second album Grow Up on 24 March via Fierce Panda and will be undertaking a European tour:

Saturday 28 January – Derby, Hairy Dog with The Empty Page
Saturday 11 February – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
Saturday 25 February – Manchester, The Live Room
Wednesday 29 March – Bristol, Louisiana
Thursday 30 March – Sheffield, Leadmill
Friday 31 March – Glasgow, Sleazys
Saturday 1 April – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Saturday 8 April – Mainz, TBA
Sunday 9 April – Freiburg, Slow Club
Tuesday 11 April – Stuttgart, Goldmarks
Wednesday 12 April – Cologne, Blue Shell
Thursday 13 April – Hamburg, Gruner Jager
Friday 14 April – Leipzig, Ilses Erika
Saturday 15 April – Bremen, Lagerhaus.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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