Touring with Mumford & Sons one month, performing at Coachella the next – what’s next for L.A. blues scene newcomers Deap Vally? The simple answer is the release of their first full-length album Sistrionix, out June 24, but in the meantime this female duo is still riding high after their debut EP Get Deap! hit U.S. markets earlier this month. For a band that has only officially released four songs to date, supporting some of the top billing acts in the music industry seems hard to imagine – but then, Deap Vally aren’t here to comply with that sort of unspoken protocol.
Don’t let the Mumford & Sons connection fool you – unlike their folksy tour buddies, Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are more Joan Jett than Joan Baez. Packing the power of a modern Led Zeppelin with the shock value of a musical Thelma and Louise (both noted band influences), Deap Vally stands at the helm of a sound and style that can be somewhat polarizing at first listen, if only because they prefer music with a live feel over any sanded-down alternatives. The duo’s first single “Gonna Make My Own Money,” included on the EP, relishes raunchy rhythms as Troy belts out squealing lyrics about monetary independence. On the beat-driven “End of the World,” Troy commandeers a strong vocal presence, intensifying the song’s message as she demands undivided attention (“Listen up!”) and explains, “Hate is a parasite / Yes, hate will eat us alive / If we let it.” Though the lyrics are strong, it’s Edwards’ drumming that sends the track skyrocketing: a full minute in, Troy’s vocals break off and the drums lead into a guitar-driven chorus that offers the clearest example of what Deap Vally is all about.
On Get Deap!’s opening and closing tracks “Lies” and “Ain’t Fair,” Troy and Edwards lend similar power surges through electric expressions from their vocals, guitar licks and drums, their three instruments of choice. Ever since the release of their first single last summer, Deap Vally have gained a reputation for making music that’s loud, rough, and essentially the exact opposite of what one might expect from two young women who first met in a knitting class.
The Review: 8.5/10
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Review by Meghan Roos