On the Joyzine Advent Calendar we’re giving away free downloads of tracks by artists that we love (including plenty of exclusives and a fair few festive favourites) every day until Christmas Eve on what, as far as we’re aware (and we’re always happy to be corrected), is the longest running such calendar on the web.
As always, the tracks are completely free to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the songs (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but if you’re enjoying the tunes we’d love you to make a donation to the wonderful charity Child Poverty Action Group, who work on behalf of the more than one in four children currently growing up in poverty in the UK by providing support to families navigating the social security system, taking legal action to challenge unjust decisions and campaigning for change. You can make a donation on this link.
It’s coming up to end of year list time, and for day five we’ve got an exclusive demo version of a track from one of the albums that’s likely to find itself a place in ours (and probably many more besides). Deux Furieuses‘ third LP Songs From Planet Earth is a masterclass in perfectly chanelled rage, in which the quieter more fragile moments hit you just as hard as when the drums pound like an earthquake and the guitars push the needle into the red. You can read our review of the album here.
You can download the home demo version of ‘Bring Down The Government’ and find out what Deux Furieuses have planned for 2023 below.
What have you been up to in 2022?
We have been bringing our new album Songs From Planet Earth into being! We finished the album with Isi Clarke and signed off on Mark Freegard’s mixes in March and had the album mastered by John Davis at Metropolis. We then worked with Dan Donovan on the album photography and design.
In amongst this we also managed to play as part of Brix Smith’s all female band supporting Killing Joke at Hammersmith Apollo in March, then out on a UK tour supporting Public Image Limited in June which was an intense experience. Ros got Covid and missed the last three shows.
As Deux Furieuses, Radio X’s John Kennedy asked us to headline The Remedy at Signature Brew then we enjoyed playing the Xtra Mile stage at Kendal Calling Festival in July. In August we went on our first DF UK tour ever as main support to US hardcore band War on Women in August which was totally brilliant. They were fantastic and pushed us to new levels! LOUD WOMEN Fest in September at Amersham Arms was one of our favourite shows.
We supported Brix Smith at The Lexington in October as well as playing in her band, then finally released our new album on 11th November via Xtra Mile Recordings. At the launch party at The Lexington on 18th November we played three songs live with Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) which was a highlight of our year! We had a great night with a little help from bands Hurtling, Where We Sleep and special guest Brix Smith.
We have just got back from supporting label mates Skinny Lister on UK dates and loved playing to packed rooms and joining them onstage. They were the most inclusive band we have ever played with. We will finish what has been a brilliant year by supporting Pet Needs at The Grace, London on 9th December.
What do you have planned for next year?
We are excited to get out on the road again and play our new album to as many people as possible! It was thrilling to hear the songs really opening out live at bigger venues with fantastic sound on the latest tour. Our songs and our minimal instrumentation were made to sound huge but we have rarely heard it. Bands need to grow and develop. We have a new single release and video to come and tours and festivals in the pipeline.
What can you tell us about today’s track?
This is a home demo which Ros did of our song ‘Bring Down The Government’ as a guide for Deb Googe who played bass on the album version. It’s a little different with organ and different lead guitar. It was a song we first jammed in Vas’s attic after the first lockdown and is about holding Boris Johnson’s Government to account for their handling of the pandemic.
What makes the perfect Christmas song?
I like Christmas songs with a bit of a message or anti festive sentiment, something to make you think. John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over) which has a great opening line or Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ always make me stop in my tracks.
If you enjoy the track, we’d love you to consider making a donation to Child Poverty Action Group
Check back every day until Christmas Eve for more free music – if you’ve missed a day, you’ll find all of this year’s tracks so far on the links below. Merry Christmas everyone!
Day One: Piney Gir – Do Good For Goodness Sake
Day Two: Lost Map Records present Firestations – Swim Under The Winter
Day Three: LOUD WOMEN present Killdren – Expect a Crimewave
Day Four: Scratchy Records present The Rocks, Jonny Cola & The A-Grades, Bromide + Coach Hop