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DESPERATE JOURNALIST are a post punk band, formed 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.
After self-releasing debut EP Cristina they were quickly signed by Fierce Panda, who released Organ and Happening as singles, leading to their debut album, Desperate Journalist, in November 2014. The Quietus, reviewing said album, described them as "beautiful and spellbinding"; Drowned in Sound said that they had "effortless grace" and praised Bevan's vocals.
Their second album, Grow Up, was released in March 2017 to much acclaim, alongside festival appearances at Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Tramlines and Benicassim and the band followed that up in 2018 releasing a brand new EP ‘You Get Used To It’.
DESPERATE JOURNALIST returned to the thoroughly frayed musical fray with a brand new (and suitably autumnal) single called ‘Cedars’ on November 2nd 2018. Next comes the release of follow-up track 'Satellite' on January 11th.
Propelled along by Rob Hardy’s startlingly lush guitar and empowered by frankly cracking hooklines from singer Jo Bevan both ‘Cedars’ and 'Satellite' catch the quartet honing their sensitive-yet-crushing alt.rock sound, relishing the old school DIY dynamics but never afraid to magic up a shiny modern melody or three.
‘Cedars’ and 'Satellite' are the first tracks to come from Desperate Journalist’s forthcoming third longplayer, due for release on February 22nd 2019. The album is called ‘In Search Of The Miraculous’ and is available on a veritable pawful of formats, including CD, heavyweight vinyl and limited edition coloured vinyl.