New Music: Desperate Journalist – Happening

London four-piece Desperate Journalist have announced the release of a brand new single ‘Happening’ on May 5th.

Taking their brilliant name in homage to the famed John Peel session in which The Cure berated ex-NME journalist Paul Morley for a less than favourable review, Desperate Journalist have spent the past year building a reputation for crafting gorgeous melodies that marry the dreamy haziness of indie-rock with the new-romanticism of 80’s UK goth.

Having won over the likes of BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Fierce Panda founder Simon Williams with their hotly-received debut EP ‘Christina’, the four-piece return this May with the release of their brand new single and a bonus b-side track ‘Vengeance’.

While lead track ‘Happening’ showcases the same glittery post-punk guitar notes and pulsating rhythm section that would sound right on Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club’s headphones, ‘Vengeance’ highlights lead singer Jo Bevan’s voice with a hypnotic bass line that owes as much to early Fleetwood Mac as it does to Siouxsie & The Banshees.

After spending 2013 sharing stages with acts such as Throwing Up, Hatcham Social and Six By Seven this single preceeds a string of new releases throughout the year.


09 Apr – LONDON – The Victoria
21 Apr – LONDON – Shacklewell Arms (Fierce Panda all-dayer)
08 May – LONDON – The Black Heart (single launch show)

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