Journalism Stream “Everywhere I Look” via Thrd Coast
Faces Out March 4th on Dead Stare Records
Brooklyn’s Journalism are set to release their full length debut, Faces, on March 4th viaDead Stare Records and today they’re sharing the album’s third single, “Everywhere I Look” with Brooklyn taste makers Thrd Coast. While first single “Watching & Waiting” found the band exploring breezy art-pop and “Faces I” had them in motorik fueled krautrock territory, “Everywhere I Look” offers another side of the band. A slow burning ballad packed with building tension and gradual release, the singles works quiet verses and loud hooks into radio friendly bliss over a truly epic progression.
Thrd Coast premiered the track, speaking to it’s charm, “It’s brooding in one moment and explosive in the next, and it keeps you on your toes while Kegan Zema’s vocals string the disparate tones together” before concluding with “With a single this nuanced, we can’t wait to hear the rest of Faces“.
Discussing the single, Zema shared:
“This song was written a long time ago almost entirely by Owen Keiter (bass). There are demo recordings featuring a plethora of alternate and ill-informed arrangements: a jangly acoustic version, a Beatles-eque piano ballad or as a Black Keys song complete with a faux-horn line during the instrumental section. It never sounded right. It wasn’t until a few weeks before recording the album that we finally wrote out the harmonizing guitar arpeggios that open the track. This cemented the kind of vibe we wanted for it, harkening back to The Bends-era Radiohead. It has always been a substance-driven track though. The repetitive and sparse verses are simple yet beautiful in the vein of the classic songwriters we admire. It aims at the similarly general, yet ultimately profound thoughts that are the hallmark of great pop songwriting.”
03/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Silent Barn (Release Show)
03/06 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
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“leaves you in a trance full of good vibes … The uptempo bass and guitar riffs give the song a perpetual groove contrasting somewhat with Zema’s raspy delivery of the lyrics. His voice brings up imagery of gravel on velvet as he belts out the barely audible chorus” – The Fader
“aerated guitars rebound between ethereal vocals and a rollicking drum roll, expanding note-by-note stylistic themes they first established with their debut EP” – SPIN
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, 20161. Faces I
2. Watching & Waiting
3. Denim Jesus
4. Everywhere I Look
5. Faces II
6. Night of the Knife
7. Time Being