Djo (‘Stranger Things’ Star Joe Keery) Channels Talking Heads, Bowie for New Synth-Pop Song “Gloom”


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Rock Cellar Magazine

Djo is the musical project/alter ego of Joe Keery, known to many for his portrayal of Steve Harrington on the smash-hit Netflix series Stranger Things. His musical ambitions extend well beyond his time among the principal cast of the Netflix series, though, having cut his teeth with various projects over the years pre-stardom.

Listening to “Gloom,” a new track shared by Djo, it’s very apparent this is far more than your typical “actor tries a music career” trope, Keery leading the way through a two-minute burst of synth-pop, nodding to Talking Heads and David Bowie with a little extra quirk:

“Gloom” previews a new album from Keery/Djo, Decide, set for release on Sept. 16. It follows his 2019 album Twenty Twenty. Per a news release, the new material is a means for Keery, 30, to trace his life to this point:

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.

Here’s “Change,” another preview of the new album:

Stay tuned for more from Joe Keery and his Djo project as the album nears.

Keery is by no means the only Stranger Things star to lead a musical career; Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler on the show) has maintained a few bands over the years, the most recent being The Aubreys. Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) is a Broadway actor and has played some concerts with friends singing cover songs.

Stranger Things, of course, reasserted itself as one of the most popular dramas of its era with its recent fourth season, the show’s usage of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” in key scenes giving both artists a massive boost in streams and chart success in recent weeks.



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