Band: Deap Vally
Date: Friday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Stage: Salt Life Stage
During the 1990s, powerful all-female bands such as Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch and L7 blazed through the decade with a raging style and attitude to match. As the years passed, such bands seemed to fade into obscurity as the industry began to nurture softer pop acts. But if every action has an equal and opposite reaction, West Coast rock duo Deap Vally is proving that the flames of rebellion that powered the Riot Grrrl movement still blaze brightly. Lindsey Troy (guitar/vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums/vocals) have crafted a garage-infused blues rock sound that is monumental. According to Troy, music of this caliber could not have come sooner.
“There’s been a real lack of just rock ‘n’ roll in general out there for people, especially female rock ‘n’ roll,” Troy said. “People are hungry for it, and I think it’s time.”
Fate seems to have had a hand in bringing Troy and Edwards together. Both spent time in bands before Deap Vally, but nothing seemed to connect with either of them. The duo met through their involvement not with music, but in a crochet class. At the time, Troy said that she and Edwards were both frustrated with their careers, and their conversation slowly shifted to talk of doing their own project. Deap Vally was the product.
Troy and Edwards knew instantly their partnership was going to be different from previous arrangements. They wanted to commit to a potent, almost abrasive style of rock, whether the masses wanted it or not. Luckily, they they dialed up a recipe that has gained fans far and wide. In between recording podcasts and knitting Deap Vally merchandise, they appeared on “Later with Jools Holland” and at notable festivals such as Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. Clearly, the two had triumphed over their early career slump.
“There’s such a cool chemistry between us,” Edwards said. “It felt really great and really exciting. Even with the first show that we played, people were so excited about it. I could feel that it was gonna be good, like I’ve been waiting my whole life. With Deap Vally, I felt like this was it. This one was going to be the one.”
In 2013 Deap Vally released their debut album, “Sistrionix,” on Island Records. Now Troy and Edwards are getting ready for a fall release of their untitled sophomore effort. For the past year and a half, the duo has been in the studio with Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), whom Troy views as “a hero.” The women are taking a different approach to the new album in several ways. First, they opted to self-finance it, which Troy says gave them a lot more freedom and less frustration. It also had an interesting effect on their music.
“It’s experimental, in a way,” Troy said. “We have one song that sounds like it’s influenced by world music, but it’s still rock ‘n’ roll. So, we pulled from many different influences for the record. It’s still a rock ‘n’ roll record, but it’s not limited to blues rock. It’s very heavy and very expressive.”
The Hangout Fest crowd can expect a set filled with loud, heavy riffs from two women who embrace rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form. Troy promised the two will definitely “melt some faces” at the Salt Life Stage.