Lindsey Troy (vocals, guitar) and Julie Edwards (vocals, drums) unconventionally met at a crochet club in Los Angeles, bonding as they saw potential in each other’s creative skills that lead to them joining forces as the raging feminist rock group Deap Vally.
They signed to Island Records in 2012 and released their debut album Sistrionix through them a year later. Sistrionix is a heavy blues rock collection that shows clear inspiration from the likes of Black Sabbath and The Stooges, and would have comfortably fitted in alongside their releases some fifty years ago.
2016’s follow-up album Femejism was independently released and was also produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This album was more closely compared to that of Nirvana’s Bleach, with Clash stating “If Sistrionix was Deap Vally as a brooding teenager, Femejism is the more grown up and wiser young adult. Strong and independent, it has just realised that it doesn’t need to impress you, regardless of the immaculate construction that can’t help but bowl you over.”
Their grungy sound, made up of heavy drum beats and low-tuned riffs, can easily fill a room with an atmosphere that could rival that of a ten-piece band, and highlights their songwriting skills composing heavy music for just two instruments.
Along with tackling sexism, the pair aren’t strangers to being on the road either. Their extensive list of support slots shows tours with everyone from The Vaccines and Muse to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marilyn Manson.
This July they will perform at Birmingham’s The Castle and Falcon, tickets available here!deap vally / introducing