Yes I know …I’m really not sure about that band name either but put that aside because ver ‘Journalist really are worthy of your attention. I’ve only heard a couple of songs on the radio and caught the very tail end of them supporting another group a while ago and vowed to catch a full set by them.
At the mic is the striking Jo Bevan, who has the mic lead draped around her, powerful of voice and full of twitchy, kinetic energy. She’s flanked by two guitar blokes with eyeliner on (of course) – ace guitarist Robert switching between a none-more Johnny Marr Rickenbacker and a rather lovely 12 string, and Bassist Simon who shares my fondness for polka-dot shirts so that’s good enough for me- and at the back is Caroline on drums who brings a certain post-punk urgency a-la Wire or Joy Division. They’re a mighty force indeed.
Most of the material I believe was from their forthcoming album ‘Grow Up’ which promises to be cracker. Standout track I think is ‘Resolution’ but they have plenty more where that came from. A cross between The Smiths, Savages and a bit of the reverby guitar onslaught of Slowdive or Ride at their most energised. Bloody wonderful.
A very decent, and enthusiastic turnout and of course Manchester’s equivalent of Big Jeff, Fat Alex was there – always a good sign as he has immaculate taste in music
It made me think..
Completely engaging, if I’m honest I’d rather go and see a band I’m not familiar with and get wonderfully drawn into their world and leave a fan than go and see an old favourite these days.