Deap Vally’s Twitter bio describes them as “Bad Ass” and we have to agree, there’s really not a better way to describe this carefree duo. Julie Edwards – a redhead who goes wild on the drums – and Lindsey Trott – the singer and guitarist with a blonde fro that would make Jerry Hall jealous – are the striking figures behind our new favourite band. These girls are anything but tame and the music they produce is equally so.
Blues and rock and something primal mix up in Deap Vally’s punchy sound. With musical inspiration from Janis Jolin and Led Zepplin there are big riffs and screeching vocals to keep you on your toes. Baby I Call Hell has already received 300K+ views on YouTube and received praise from NME and Billboard alike. It’s not just the headphones that have been appreciative but Deap Vally have been getting a lot of love for their rowdy and impassioned live performances too. So much so that they’ll be kicking off LA’s Bonnaroo tomorrow with huge expectations for a night to remember.We chatted with the glam rock loving duo to talk the euphoria of gigs and the necessity of manuka honey.
What inspires the music you make?
Making and playing music is one of the most meaningful and rewarding things in my life. My relationship with it and my appreciation for it only evolves as I get older. Playing music is both spiritually and physically addictive. Music is the highway to truth.
When did you know that you wanted to go into music?
In utero? I’ve been singing and playing music for nearly my entire life. It’s always been there. There have been times in my life where I have tried to divorce myself from it, but I always came back. Music is soul food. If I don’t have it I starve.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
It’s kind of funny because most times I get asked that question, my inclination is to answer with the latest show we’ve played. We really live in the moment because we are so busy and we play shows all the time, and every show is magical and euphoric in its own way, and so the memory of the most recent show is always impressed upon me. (That being said, on rare occasions we have had what we like to call a “public pap smear”. This is a show that feels like–well, a public pap smear. But even public pap smears are valuable in their own way.) To answer your question, I’m gonna ramble a little and make a list of all-time favorite gigs because I can’t just pick one: both weekends of Coachella, our last headlining show in London at Dingwalls, a gig we played in Madrid opening for Mumford and Sons, festival called Rock en Seine in Paris, and a show we recently did in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club.
What music have you been listening to recently?
Black Angels, Savages, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala. I have such an enormous respect for each of these bands and I hope to tour with each of them one day. We played a couple shows with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently and that was truly a dream come true. They are one of my favorite bands. They set the bar so high.
What past or current artist most excites you?
Led Zeppelin will eternally sit in the thrones of rock. That being said, there is so much incredible music out there for me to obsess over. I’m currently really inspired by Savages. If you haven’t heard of them, do yourself a favor and check them out. Four women who play really intense, hypnotic, shoe-gazey post-punk. They’re so committed to what they do. They put on an incredibly fierce and inspired performance.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
The Rolling Stones
How would you describe your style?
What are your touring must-haves?
My leather jacket, knitting needles, a good book, cuticle trimmer, aromaco deodorant from Lush, Manuka honey, sleep mask, neck pillow for flying, my journal, music.