News: Desperate Journalist announce new album Grow Up and string of tour dates

Grow UpNorth London post-punks Desperate Journalist have followed up their spectacular Kamio comeback show with big news for the New Year.

The quartet will headline London’s Scala on 6th April 2017 as part of a string of live dates in the UK and Germany. This follows the release of their second album, Grow Up: 11 tracks of rocketing, leftfield delights propelled by thundering rhythms, thunderously spectacular guitar and Jo Bevan’s thunderstruck vocals.

Bevan explains the inspiration for the album further: "The album is, in fact, about growing up - the title came about as half a joke based on the strong emotions therein but it fit thematically due to the fact that each song is about figuring out what being an adult is supposed to mean. The cover image is a photo of me at the start of my (ongoing) phase of teenage angst so seemed appropriate. I'm still not 100% sure what I'm supposed to be doing with myself now I'm over the age when it's considered excusable to be an emotional romantic nightmare and all the songs are borne of that anxiety. I don't have a LiveJournal anymore so here's my heart and brain broadcasting live to anyone who'd care to listen.

“Musically we also wanted this to be a progression from our first record, which hopefully comes across. There's a lot more atmosphere on this album. We were thinking about arrangements and structures in a more (ugh) mature way this time round having figured a lot of stuff out via writing and recording the songs from our debut and then the EP. We're so proud of it and it's resulted in something we really feel is both more powerful and more refined. We're now a well oiled cathartic tunes machine. Or something."

Grow Up is out 24th March 2017 on Fierce Panda. See full tour dates below:

March - 29th @ Louisiana, Bristol // 30th @ Leadmill, Sheffield // 31st @ Nice N Sleazys, Glasgow

April  - 1st @ Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham // 6th @ Scala, London // 8th @ Bedroomdisco, Darmstadt // 9th @ Slow Club, Freiburg // 11th @ Goldmarks, Stuttgart // 12th @ Blue Shell, Cologne // 13th @ Gruner Jager, Hamburg // 14th @ Ilses Erika, Leipzig  // 15th @ Lagerhaus, Bremen

Find out more about Desperate Journalist and watch the video for their new single "Be Kind" below.

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