Thursday, May 16, 2013

Deap Vally Goes Out Ferociously Deap

Deap Vally
With their debut album Sistrionix already slated for release in June by the San Fernando duo Deap Vally, Get Deap! is much ado about priming the cult following that Lindsey Troy (guitar/vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums) have earned. For the better part of a year, the girls have set live performances on fire by singing blues, playing rock and styling themselves after Thelma & Lousie.

The duo opened for bands like Muse and the Vaccines, getting a taste for bigger stages and demanding audiences. They did better than deliver. They made believers with their hyper-amped approach to rock and roll.

Get Deap! carries a bluesy groove back by amped up rock: rebel, release, reload.

With duo performances becoming increasingly commonplace in the space left vacant by the White Stripes, Deap Vally plays it straight. The music they make is all about pounding out guitar chords and crashing down on the drums. They beat their music to life as much as they make it.

Opening with the bluesy and brooding rocker Lies, Deap Vally sets the pace of the EP as ferociously primitive. It's so primal, it almost seems impossible that the two women met each other at a crochet class. Edwards was teaching it. Troy wanted to learn. It wasn't long after when one set of hooks was traded in for another.

Lies admittedly lands a little short on lyrical intent, but it almost doesn't matter the way Troy and Edwards deliver it. The theme of the song isn't hard to figure out. It's about retribution and punishment.

The second track follows with another number off the upcoming album. Gonna Make My Own Money, which was also released as a debut single, chugs back and forth as it casts its hypnotic spell over anyone looking for two badass women.

Both songs will also appear the upcoming album along with Baby I Call Hell, which will be due out as a single prior to the full length. The tracks, like everything they've released to date, were produced by Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta, Cold War Kids). He has done a find job keeping the rawness real.

The bottom half of Get Deap! features exclusive EP tracks. 

While the top half of the EP is slated for the album, the bottom two tracks aren't listed on the upcoming album. End Of The World attempts to draw in the audience with commands. It's mostly about channeling the ever-present angst the girls put into their chords and drums into love and peace.

Sure, it sounds like a contradiction against the aggressive arrangements, but their anti-hate rhetoric feels right. Ain't Fair dishes out more of the same. With a little more crunch in the guitar and relaxation on the drums, the song mostly runs the EP out like a three-minute cool down after a 10-minute workout.

Prior to meeting each other, the two musicians were actively involved in other music projects. After listening to their respective CDs, they agreed to laid down a few tracks that revolved around the rebellious nature of rock and roll, pounding out every note as an addictively delicious release.

Get Deap! By Deap Vally Gets Down At 6.1 On The Liquid Hip Richter Scale. 

There really isn't much mystery as to why Deap Vally has earned some buzz in anticipation of the upcoming album. Likewise, there won't be much surprise if, like the EP, there isn't much deviation from what some people have accurately described as a valley girl ripoff of the White Stripes.

Get Deap by Deap Vally is available from Amazon. You can also pick up the EP from iTunes. The CD is available from Barnes & Noble. The band is currently on tour in the United Kingdom. Visit them on Facebook for more event updates.
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