Premiere: Deva St. John – ‘The Information Age’

Having wowed audiences at a Sofar Sounds showcase in August, and with a BBC Introducing headline show planned for next month, London born artist Deva St.John blasted into ears last year with her debut single ‘Afterlife’. Now, sharing a brand new release, she looks set to be a definite one to watch.

Oozing the soaring grit of her impassioned vocals, ‘The Information Age’ is a sarcastic salute to the often oppressive nature of social media. Building in tension with a poignant raw emotion alongside a riotous energy and catchy, raging hooks, it’s an instantly infectious alt-rock anthem. Of the track, Deva St. John explains:

I wrote ‘The Information Age’ after spending way too long comparing myself to other people. I was beginning to feel my self worth deteriorate with every passing post; watching people I love allow misinformation to cloud their judgement, while knowing the media I’m consuming is probably just as manipulative; seeing the growth and decay of important news due to a lack of any public attention span; watching entire gigs through an audience member’s phone screen. It’s become so easy to distract ourselves. I wanted to remind people that a hive mind isn’t the answer, especially when your Queen Bee is a sewer rat.”

Recorded with Clem Cherry at London’s Eastcote Studios, and mastered with John Davis at Metropolis, ‘The Information Age’ is out tomorrow 1st November.

Mari Lane



Track Of The Day: She Makes War – ‘Devastate Me’

If you’re looking for a colourful way to neutralise the noise that social media overload can create – look no further than She Makes War‘s new video for her latest single ‘Devastate Me’. The bright visuals show the Bristol-based artist & producer playing her buzzing guitar riffs and giving absolutely no fucks about her online presence. The track is taken from her upcoming album Brace For Impact, which is set to be released on October 5th.

Speaking about the track, She Makes War (aka Laura Kidd) explains: “I wanted to make something bouncy and fun, an antidote to the self-indulgent testosterone-fuelled ‘rock’ videos of the past and present, something that doesn’t take itself so seriously but can still accentuate a killer riff. So here it is. I can rock out without my cock out. My balls are nowhere near the wall. Let’s celebrate our individuality, let’s have some fun.”

It’s this fusion of fun and freedom that makes Kidd’s music so catchy, and her buoyant attitude and blistering guitar riffs make ‘Devastate Me’ an infectious dose of punk-infused pop. A fiercely devoted, independent DIY force, She Makes War has crafted her success from a close relationship with fans, placing importance on her music’s physical form and an emphasis on the live experience. She Makes War will be heading out on tour this October (dates listed below), and she’ll be playing the immense Loud Women Festival this weekend at Tufnell Park Dome (get your tickets here).

Watch the video for ‘Devastate Me’ below and follow She Makes War on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order She Makes War’s new album Brace For Impact here.

She Makes War UK Tour Dates 2018
18/10 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
19/10 – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
20/10 – Manchester, Castle Hotel
23/10 – Leicester, Firebug
24/10 – Norwich, Epic Studios
26/10 – Sebright Arms, London
27/10 – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
31/10 – Birmingham. Hare & Hounds

1/11 – Oxford, Jericho Tavern
2/11 – Southampton, Heartbreakers
3/11 – Bristol, Thekla

Kate Crudgington