5 QUESTIONS – DESPERATE JOURNALIST

 

I Desperate Journalist arrivano da Londra per conoscervi tutti sotto il palco del Rock The Baita, la band ha sei anni di storia, due album all’attivo e qualche EP, l’ultimo del Marzo 2018 ve lo consigliamo qui sotto. Il nome del gruppo omaggia i The Cure: “Desperate Journalist” non è altro che “Grinding Halt” rivisitata nel testo per rispondere a modo loro alla rivista NME e alla recensione negativa di Paul Morley su “Three Imaginary Boys” che descrive Robert Smith come una lampada da tavolo. La risposta del gruppo viene considerata come uno dei dissing meglio riusciti nella storia della musica. Ma torniamo al post punk del quartetto inglese che impressiona fin dagli esordi con la voce di Jo Bevan, questa unita alle sonorità e melodie anni ’80, che rimandano con un po’ di nostalgia alle band più celebri del genere in questione, fanno del gruppo qualcosa che su disco non è nulla di nuovo ma che proprio dal vivo da il meglio di se. Vi lasciamo agli ascolti e alle considerazioni personali per non fare danni, dopo il salto l’intervista sempre a cura di Alain dei Winter Dies In June, mentre qui trovate tutto per gli acquisti relativi a musica e merch. Voti non ne diamo mai, ma alla crew di Rock The Baita per questa scelta e tutta la line up ci sta un bravi bello grasso.

 


It seems like you are on the rise…your albums are receiving growing attention and you are on the verge of becoming “popular”, whatever it means…Can you feel it or I’m reaching? What does popularity mean to you guys?

Yes we have felt like we’ve been gaining momentum following the second album, but we’ve still got a way to go to bother the “charts”, whatever they are these days – if that’s how you define popularity. I’m mostly pleased that this increase in profile has allowed us to travel further away from the UK to play.

Just loved your sophomore album, Grow up ( but we are eager to listen to new EP)…it sounds like you can use all the reverb you want, without becoming glossy or lavish, but utterly real. To me It’s because of the way lyrics and melody are delivered (the first person) that astounds the listener, but it’s ,at the same time, the sound of the band that towers over…What’s the starting point…is it the instrumental part functional to the lyrics like it was, you know, a peculiar and very thoughtful way to tell your story, or it is the opposite…are the lyrics and the delivery of them inspired by the instrumental shimmer?

Thank you very much. The writing is generally as follows: Rob will come up with a demo which he brings to the band as a whole, we work out the structure together and then I will write the melody to fit. I’ll then add lyrics, usually from whatever screeds I already have in my notebook, and massage them into fitting the rhythm and structure of the song. So it’s symbiotic, but separate.

Festival dos and don’ts…

Do: Go and see bands you know nothing about as well as ones you already like, try and drink some water for God’s sake, bring a disposable camera (more fun than phones)

Don’t: Take drugs from strangers, steal anyone’s stuff, get so wasted on the first day/in the first few hours that you remember nothing of the whole experience and feel like a poisoned dog all weekend (this is definitely not the voice of experience)

An Italian stereotype you would to prove wrong, and one you would to prove right.

I hope no one will try to talk to me about football as I couldn’t care less. I do hope, however, that there will be lots of fancy coffee. And pizza.

Best festival you ever attended? For what reason?

As a punter: I went to a particularly good All Tomorrow’s Parties once where I saw Panda Bear doing entirely new material which was mind-blowingly great, and Ex Models who I adore and who I never thought I’d get to see live. Then on one night, which happened to be my birthday, they put on a B-52s cover band comprised of some of the headliners. I’ve loved the B-52s since I was a small child and I got to dance around singing along like a mad person, annoying all my friends. It was brilliant.

As a performer: When we played London Calling in Amsterdam. It was the biggest room we’d played to so far, and we were all so so nervous. I was physically sick before going on. It ended up going fantastically well and by the end of the set we felt like heroes.

 

 

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