DJO (Joe Keery from ‘Stranger Things’) Releases New Single

Today Djo (the musical project of actor / producer / songwriter Joe Keery), shares his new track “Gloom” – a frenetic, Talking Heads-inspired kiss off. LISTEN HERE. The full album, DECIDE will be out on September 16th, with pre-order, album artwork and tracklisting to come on Thursday HERE

A few weeks ago, Djo shared the first single from the forthcoming record – “Change.”  Rolling Stone called it a “dynamic, psych-infused track,” and Stereogum said “Joe Keery [is] not an ‘actor with a vanity project’ musician, [but rather] a guy who clearly knows what he’s doing…I like the lead single a lot…a slick synth-funk track.” “Change” also entered the Spotify Viral 50 charts reaching #26 in USA#34 in New Zealand and #35 in Australia

Djo’s new album, DECIDE is the follow up to TWENTY TWENTYhis 2019 critically acclaimed guitar-forward record and his first solo-effort since departing his band, the Chicago psych rock outfit Post Animal. Keery –who is of course also known far and wide for his acclaimed acting roles in such blockbuster projects as Stranger Things – has been making music since his teens, spending over two years with Post Animal before making his solo debut as Djo. DECIDE was created with musician / engineer Adam Thein throughout the pandemic with final recording taking place at Sound Factory in Los Angeles. DECIDE serves as a sort of aural history of Keery’s late 20’s. It features reflections on growth, relationships and  navigating it all in a world filled with technology at its center. It’s his sonic ambitions however that take these introspections and melt them into a warped reality with each layered synth pulling the listener’s emotional strings. 

From the release of TWENTY TWENTY and subsequent singles, Djo’s music has had an enormous amount of success. #Djo has racked up nearly 68 million hits on TikTok, has nearly 150 million global Spotify and Apple streams and over 175,000 Shazams. Keery self-releases all his music through AWAL. 

Djo has been performing live throughout 2022, road-testing the songs from DECIDE and making appearances so far this year at Shaky KneesBoston Calling and Bottle Rock festivals. Fans can catch him this weekend at Lollapalooza, and later this fall at Austin City Limits Festival. Djo’s set at Lollapalooza will stream live via Hulu at 3:15 PM CT on the Main Stage.

Photo Credit: Dana Trippe
July 30 – Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL – **SOLD OUT**
July 31 – Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Oct 15  Austin City Limits, Austin, TX

Djo – the critically acclaimed brainchild of multi-talented musician/actor Joe Keery – makes its long awaited return with the game-changing new album, DECIDE. A spellbinding collage of snaky pop hooks, neon melodies, and deeply personal singer-songwriter lyricism, the album melds high-tech songcraft with quick wit, irrepressible spirit, and an impressive breadth of vision that showcases glowing synths and big beats over the trippy guitars that defined 2019’s acclaimed debut, TWENTY TWENTY. Blissed-out bops like “Change” see Keery delving deep into a broad spectrum of eclectic influences, deconstructing hyperpop, euphoric psychedelia, spiky new wave, and symphonic 70’s rock into something utterly unique via dauntless melodies and technical innovation. 
DECIDE is out everywhere Sept 16

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