London quartet Desperate Journalist play powerful guitar pop that hits like the Smiths amped up to Savages’ intensity level. “Control,” from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album, is a ceaseless onslaught of riffs, rhythms, and Jo Bevan’s commanding microphone presence. Director Jason Weidner’s video is wisely minimal, mostly just putting the band in moody lighting and getting out of the way. I advise you to watch.
Desperate Journalist is out 1/26 on Fierce Panda.