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Review: 'St. John, Deva'
'The Information Age'   

-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '1st November 2019'

Our Rating:
Deva’s pitched as a purveyor of timeless rock ‘n’ roll, although the themes at the heart of ‘The Information Age’ are completely contemporary.

In the press blurb, she explains the somewhat negative inspiration for the song: “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.”

Emerging from a rippling wibbly wobbly wash of vintage synth that builds in a way that calls to mind the opening bars of Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Nag Nag Nag’ while also referencing ‘Silver machine’.

It goes a lot more conventional when the guitars and drums kick in, but Deva combines strong vocals and a passionate delivery with some urgent guitar driven backing as she throws down lines that open up about the anxieties of modern life and social media: yes, this kind of panic shit is real.

If ‘The Information Age’ is representative, Deva St. John has a bright future and could be 2020’s Avril Lavigne, tapping into the zeitgeist with massive choruses.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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