Rock’n’roll isn’t true to form unless there are a few swerves and unexpected bends along its lightning speed highway to hell. Deap Vally, the LA duo who first came to attention in 2013 with their rock debut ‘Sistrionix’, bombed down the Transatlantic speedway, lighting psych-blues fires throughout the US and Europe both on record and during their frenetic live shows. Lindsey Troy’s whiskey-soaked vocals and killer guitar riffs were chaotic, but found a degree of order in the thick heat of Julie Edwards’ rhythmic frenzy. After several loops around the world, however, the duo’s brutalising path slowed down somewhat when they returned from their tours and decided it was time for a gear shift.
For Deap Vally, it wasn’t necessarily that something was broken. The change was inspired by the pair's need to create their vision on their own terms. Lindsey and Julie needed to be able to operate in a way that didn’t suck the living joy out of their creations, otherwise that blues synergy of rock’n’roll that was forged between them via a chance meeting at a knitting club in Echo Park some five years ago would simply not be able to reach its pinnacle. If their follow-up record couldn’t reflect the pure stench of its predecessor’s energy then it wouldn’t be in line with the Deap Vally rules of the highway.
So the two-piece wielded the time they needed to reassess the scene and situation by themselves, doing short stints as touring bass players: Lindsey in White Lung and Julie in JJUUJJUU. Julie also became a new mother at the end of 2015, giving birth to a first child, her daughter Mira. “In the end we were given this gift of time to make the record,” explains Julie, optimistically. “We just kept writing and recording, exploring all these flavours, listening to our mixes, getting more ideas, tweaking, revisiting and progressing, which is a real luxury.”
Empowering themselves this time around has strengthened their identity, which has now become an “ism”: specifically ‘Femejism’.
That's the name of the second record, and the title of this imminent second expedition into Deap Vally’s mind-melting universe. “We don't ever wanna do what people expect of us, we always want to do the opposite of that,” says Lindsey, ever the rebel. “Like when you feel like you want to cut your hair, dye it, and just explore being free on so many different levels.” Julie intercepts, “But, y’know, within the confines of guitar and drums.” They laugh a liberated laugh; one that’s free in the knowledge that their new labels- Cooking Vinyl and Nevado Records - fell for ‘Femejism’ at first sight and have put their faith in the ladies’ .