Joe Keery announces release date for upcoming album DECIDE as he unveils funky new single Change  


Stranger Things star Joe Keery announces release date for upcoming album DECIDE as he unveils funky new single Change

Stranger Things star Joe Keery has on Thursday announced his new album – under solo project Djo – is set to be released on September 16.

The actor and musician, 30, will bring out DECIDE in the autumn and has now released the single Change from the upcoming record.

Last week the Djo hotline went up, allowing fans to dial (928)-8-DECIDE to hear a trippy 8-bit audio teaser.

New music: The actor and musician, 30, will bring out DECIDE in the autumn and has now released the single Change from the upcoming record (pictured in album artwork)

New music: The actor and musician, 30, will bring out DECIDE in the autumn and has now released the single Change from the upcoming record (pictured in album artwork)

Funky: Stranger Things star Joe Keery has on Thursday announced his new album - under solo project Djo - is set to be released on September 16 (pictured in season two)

Funky: Stranger Things star Joe Keery has on Thursday announced his new album – under solo project Djo – is set to be released on September 16 (pictured in season two)

And now music lovers can enjoy Change – a psych-funk track laden with heavy synths and influenced by 70s hit acts such T. Rex and Parliament Funkadelic.

DECIDE – Djo’s new album – is the follow up to TWENTY TWENTY, his 2019 critically acclaimed guitar-forward record.

The new work will feature Joe’s reflections on growth, relationships and dealing with a technology-centred world throughout his late twenties. 

Upcoming: Last week the Djo hotline went up, allowing fans to dial (928)-8-DECIDE to hear a trippy 8-bit audio teaser (Joe pictured in 2020)

Upcoming: Last week the Djo hotline went up, allowing fans to dial (928)-8-DECIDE to hear a trippy 8-bit audio teaser (Joe pictured in 2020)

DECIDE was created with musician / engineer Adam Thein amid the pandemic, with final recording taking place at Sound Factory in Los Angeles. 

TWENTY TWENTY was also his first solo-effort since departing his band, the Chicago psych rock outfit Post Animal. 

Despite the breakout star’s fame as fan favourite Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, Joe has been making music since his teens.

He spent more than two years with Post Animal before making his solo debut as Djo.

From the release of TWENTY TWENTY and subsequent singles, Djo’s music has had an enormous amount of success.

#Djo has racked up nearly 42 million hits on TikTok, has with more than 100 million global Spotify and Apple streams. Joe 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 Knees, Boston Calling and Bottle Rock festivals.

Legacy: From the release of TWENTY TWENTY and subsequent singles, Djo’s music has had an enormous amount of success

Legacy: From the release of TWENTY TWENTY and subsequent singles, Djo’s music has had an enormous amount of success

Fans can catch him this summer and autumn at Lollapalooza, Sea Hear Now and Austin City Limits Festival.

It comes as the 80s nostalgia-filled music in Stranger Things has recently made waves when Kate Bush has declared ‘the world’s gone mad’ as she reacted to the extraordinary success of her 1985 track Running Up That Hill in a rare interview.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour podcast on Wednesday, the singer, 63, admitted she ‘never imagined’ that her song would become so popular after featuring in the Netflix hit.

Success: Despite the breakout star's fame as fan favourite Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, Joe has been making music since his teens (pictured in season three)

Success: Despite the breakout star’s fame as fan favourite Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, Joe has been making music since his teens (pictured in season three)

The song originally reached number three in 1985, but reached number one 37 years later. 

During the chat, Kate also told how she hadn’t listened to the track in a ‘really long time’ and was actually a fan of Stranger Things before her song featured in it. 

Last week, Kate’s song – the lead track on her Hounds Of Love album – peaked at number two behind Harry Style’s As It Was, but on Friday it was revealed the 80s song had pipped the former One Direction star to the post.

Reflections: The new work will feature Joe's reflections on growth, relationships and working through a technology-centred world throughout his late twenties (pictured in 2020)

Reflections: The new work will feature Joe’s reflections on growth, relationships and working through a technology-centred world throughout his late twenties (pictured in 2020)

Kate has now become the oldest female singer to achieve a UK No. 1 single, taking the record from Cher, who reached the top spot with Believe in 1998. 

It is Kate’s first time at number one since her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit number one in 1978 when she was just 19. This means she has also bagged the record for longest gap between number one’s at 44 years. 

Running Up That Hill is also currently sitting in the number one spot in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland, and has achieved a new peak in the US charts at number four. 

Earlier this month, the trailer for Volume 2 of Stranger Things’ fourth season was released.

The first seven episodes of Season 4 debuted on May 27, with Volume 2 comprised of just two episodes, though they’re much, much longer than usual episodes.

The eighth episode will run one hour and 25 minutes while the ninth episode will run nearly two and a half hours. 

Exciting: The first seven episodes of Season 4 debuted on May 27, with Volume 2 comprised of just two episodes, though they're much, much longer than usual episodes

Exciting: The first seven episodes of Season 4 debuted on May 27, with Volume 2 comprised of just two episodes, though they’re much, much longer than usual episodes

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