Journalism Debut “Faces I” Music Video via MTV
Announce April Tour Dates
Faces Out Now on Dead Stare Records
“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
“For all its conceptual depth, the record’s not lacking in immediacy, either—its reverb-soaked hooks and energetic basslines press forth with a rare fervor. The band plays off the anxiety in Zema’s cool, gritty vocal melodies with fierce instrumental interludes highlighting bright twinned guitars, which on some tracks recall Let’s Active as much as they do Wild Nothing.” – Impose
Speaking about “Faces I” MTV said the band’s krautrock inspired single “pushes hypnotically through the weight of “playing rock and roll” when “no one hears the words.” On the track, frontman Kegan Zema coolly laments of quotidian struggles over an urging beat and piercing guitars.” On the video itself, MTV noted the clip “captures the song’s sharp, angular vibe through zooming live footage and playful cuts.”
4-01 – New Brunswick, NJ – Paradise Lost
4-14 – Brooklyn, NY – IDIO Gallery
4-16 – Washington, DC – Bathtub Republic
4-17 – Raleigh, NC – Neptune’s
4-19 – Nashville, TN – The Crying Wolf
4-20 – St. Louis, MO – The Mall
4-21 – Urbana, IL – Audible Meats
4-22 – Columbus OH – Misfit Mansion
4-23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
5-21 – Brooklyn, NY – Trans Pecos
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).
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