Around New Years Eve last year, I found myself at a legendary bar in San Diego named The Casbah. Famed for hosting many a cult bands on the brink of greatness, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Lemonheads to name a few. Tonight, it seems the venue may yet again be writing music history with the modest appearance of two all American, hard edged gals who go by the name Deap Vally.
With but a mere drum kit, electric guitar and a set of lungs, the duo manage to annihilate the handful of innocent bystanders at the bar tonight. Raw, rollicking and unabashed Rock’n’Roll at it’s sexy best.
Since then, they’ve managed to command the attention of an important UK music press, The Independent, boldly claiming “Their spit ‘n’ blood rock makes Joan Jett and Jack White sound like the Disney Club” whilst NME calls them “A hollerin’, howlin’, hell raising duo”. And then of course there’s the inevitable label attention which has swiftly followed.
I got to steal a few moments with sassy singer, Lindsey Troy and find out how they may be feeling as the frenzy sets in!
GL: My first impression upon watching you guys destroy the Casbah Venue in San Diego late last year was that you were a modern day Heart meets Black Sabbath! I’m sure by this point you’ve had all manner of comparisons, which of them do you feel the most affinity with, if any at all?
LT: Heart meets Black Sabbath?! I’ll take that. Our influences are so vast, so it’s always interesting to hear which of them stick out to people. We’re both huge Led Zeppelin fans, so getting that comparison is always exciting.
GL: I get the feeling that artistic community is an integral part of LA life. There appears to be a really strong network within the music and arts scene there. How important is this to you guys? And has it impacted or shaped your development in any way?
LT: I would agree with that. We’ve met a lot of very inspiring people on our journey as a band, and I would definitely say that some of them have impacted our development. For example, we have a good friend whom we met last year, a designer who goes under the name Kittinhawk (her real name is Allysun Maria Dutra), who we have formed a really fruitful creative relationship with. She has designed a number of our staple stage outfits. We all bounce ideas off one another and the end result is always amazing; Allysun is a true visionary. Another influential person we met was Vincent Gallo. Last year, he sent us a message on myspace saying that he thought our band was the greatest and that he would love to work on something together. A really meaningful friendship ended up coming out of that. He’s been a sort of creative mentor to us, giving us encouragement and wisdom when we’ve faced obstacles.
GL: I really feel like you have an infectious/uplifting message in all your songs, from Gonna Make my Own Money to End of the World: “there’s no time like the present. So open up our hearts and let love shine in”. Is this something you focus on in particular?
LT: We’re very conscious of the messages we put in our songs. Our songs empower and inspire us, and I hope that they have the same effect on others.
GL: Having not yet released an album, nor played a tour on these shores, you’re already causing quite the stir! From New Band of the Day in the Guardian to Ones to Watch in the Independent and all matter of buzzy blogs in between, you must feel excited by the reaction thus far. What are you looking forward to the most when visiting the UK next?
LT: I’m most excited about the festivals we are going to be playing (Lattitude, Reading & Leeds). I love music festivals. I love the sense of community that is created. I can’t wait to melt some faces. And the English men–I’m excited about them too.
GL: Your aesthetic is an undeniable aspect of your band, striking, sexy, all American vintage hotness! What are your visual inspirations?
LT: Thelma and Louise, Valley Girl, Jem, showgirls and strippers from the 70’s, our favorite classic rock portraits
GL: What are your 3 favourite films each?
LT: Deap Vally collective favorites: Buffalo 66, Truth or Dare, Spinal Tap
Deap Vally release their debut single GONNA MAKE MY OWN MONEY on July 30th
You can see the band at one of their first UK shows:
11th July @ Old Blue last, London
13th July @ Hard Rock Calling, London
14th July@ Latitude Festival, UK
24th August @ Reading Festival, UK
25th August @ Leeds Festival, UK