Journalism Announce Full Length Debut “Faces” + Premiere “Watching & Waiting” via SPIN

February 3, 2016
Martina Markota

Martina Markota

Journalism Announce Full Length Debut “Faces”

Due Out March 4th on Dead Stare Records

Share First Single “Watching & Waiting” via SPIN

Brooklyn’s Journalism are excited to announce their full length debut, Faces, due out March 4th via Dead Stare Records. The quartet’s long awaited debut is an exciting record that blends boisterous indie rock, fuzzy krautrock, reverberating post-punk, and big hook-fueled pop songs to create anxious and contemplative art-pop that shines in the darkness. First single “Watching & Waiting” is the band at their most immediate, a straight forward look into the swirling world of the band’s melodic immersion and singer/guitarist Kegan Zema’s contemplative lyrical charm.

SPIN premiered the band’s first single “Watching & Waiting,” claiming, “Journalism live up to their name, unafraid to turn a reporter’s eye on the crowded milieu that forms the foundation of Bushwick’s oft-romanticized DIY scene”. Expanding on the single, SPIN described “Watching & Waiting” noting, “aerated guitars rebound between ethereal vocals and a rollicking drum roll, expanding note-by-note stylistic themes they first established with their debut EP”.


02/10 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
02/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ IDIO Gallery
02/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Gateway
03/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Silent Barn (Release Show)
03/05 – Portland, ME
03/06 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s


While there is irony in a band calling themselves Journalism, don’t confuse it with today’s increasingly popular tongue-in-cheek cynicism. With their debut LP Faces, Journalism frontman (and former journalism major) Kegan Zema investigates the very nature of being in a band. What does it mean to make guitar rock in 2016? How do you stay afloat in a place as overflowing with bands as the Brooklyn DIY scene? Why do you stress so much over something you are privileged to even be able to pursue?

High school friends Kegan Zema and Owen Keiter (bass) formed Journalism in 2012 with NYU classmate Brendan Mehan (drums) and friend Dara Hirsch (guitar). After releasing their 1324 EP in the summer of 2014, the band maintained an aggressive schedule of shows that included an opening spot for Wild Nothing as part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks Live series and a northeastern tour.

Now, Journalism is releasing Faces, an 8-song effort that finds the band expanding on the lyrical themes and sounds of 1324. Lush yet gritty, the tracks feature a pounding urgency that underscores the anxiety of figuring out just what the hell you’re supposed to be doing with your mid-20’s. “You’re close enough but you can’t taste it / ‘Cause you’re so bored from all the waiting,” sings Zema at the close of the album.

Faces will be released March 4, 2016 on Dead Stare Records. Journalism currently is Kegan Zema (vocals), Brendan Mehan (drums), Mike Greene (guitar), and Nico Hedley(bass).

Dead Stare Records

March 4, 2016

1. Faces I
2. Watching & Waiting
3. Denim Jesus
4. Everywhere I Look
5. Faces II
6. Night of the Knife
7. Time Being
8. Naked

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Journalism Links:
Official Website
Dead Stare Records

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