Deap Vally are a duo from the San Fernando Valley who strangle guitars, scream out melodies and bang on the drums like the soundtrack to the opening of the gates of hell. Catchy riffs, infectious guitar tones and garage blues. I can’t imagine how Lindsey Troy, the singer and guitarist, has a voice left after a gig. She plays a Fender Mustang and two amps – a Fender Bassman and a Fender Deluxe, but I would like to know what fuzzbox she uses to get those grinding guitar tones. Interestingly, she met drummer Julie Edwards at a needlework class where she taught her how to crochet.
This isn’t really the kind of album where you pick out songs, it’s rather an incessant bombardment of a style, possibly as you build a piece of furniture or fix your Hot Rod in the garage. The raw power and caterwauling howl flattens you against the garage wall. They have been described as”a scuzzy White Stripes meets Led Zeppelin rock and roll duo” and “a hippie Karen O meets Black Sabbath”.
The cover art is a painting by Australian artist Matt Doust who died in Los Angeles after an epileptic siezure at just 29 years old.