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Black and white photo of the band Desperate Journalist

Desperate Journalist return with the brutal beauty of new single ‘Fault’.  London-based quartet Desperate Journalist (Jo Bevan, Simon Drowner, Rob Hardy and Caz Hellbent) have announced the release of their fourth album, ‘Maximum Sorrow!’ (out on 2 July via Fierce Panda Records), which was recorded entirely in Crouch End in lockdown. Visceral new single ‘Fault’ …

Desperate Journalist on stage at Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, 31 March 2017

Exhilarating, epic and exceptional – Desperate Journalist enthral with a grown up, but still fierce, performance at Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy. After local band Life Model have dragged the crowd away from the bar and down into the cosy basement with their 90s brit/dream pop swagger, Desperate Journalist emerge and waste no time jumping into …

Desperate Journalist Grow Up Album artwork

Desperate Journalist come of age with their most powerful and refined music to date on new album ‘Grow Up’. We, at Backseat Mafia, have often professed our love for Desperate Journalist. I thought I’d better state that straight away. You may think this means that this review will be biased – based on a history …

Promo image of Desperate Journalist band for Resolution single

Desperate Journalist release their timely new single ‘Resolution’ and get 2017 off to an explosive start. The North London four-piece have followed up their comeback show at London’s Kamio in November – and the release of brooding track ‘Hollow’ – with their new single ‘Resolution’ released, fittingly, on 1 January (via Fierce Panda Records). Taken …

How do you judge what were the best albums of the year? Well, here at Backseat Mafia its a collaborative affair, where everyone that writes for us has as much of a say as everyone else (how did I let that happen?). Happily, in line with the widely and wildly varied nature of our ethos …

Desperate Journalist continue to impress and rise above the current indie scene with their latest offering, 5 track EP ‘Good Luck’. Indicating a slight change of perspective for the band, promo-track ‘Perfect Health’ displays all the traits of an indie classic. At first coming across as a sweet reminisce of youthful love, on closer inspection …

You’ll know if you read Backseat Mafia regularly, that Desperate Journalist are one of our favourite bands right now. On the back of their debut album, which we awarded 9.9/10 (see here) we take any opportunity to see their raw and incendiary live set, so when we saw they were on at Crystal, Sheffield as part …

Tonight we are in the relatively small cellar of The Rocking Chair to bear witness to one of the most adept indie bands to have emerged on to the scene for some time. When we got hold of their debut, self-titled album back in January, we gave them a 9.9, claiming they were ‘almost perfect‘. …

It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with Desperate Journalist. Pick any of their tracks, and within the first few bars, you are immediately whisked away to indie heaven. The London based quartet are most definitely at the top of our must see bands of 2015 and later this month they will …

Maybe it’s the 12 string Rickenbacker; maybe it’s the soaring heartfelt vocals, the slick drumming, or the subtle basslines. Whatever it is Desperate Journalist have it all, the beauty, the intensity, and the majesty, that turns good British indie music into Great British indie music. Their sound will fall easily on the ears of fans …