Our New Favourite Band: Deap Vally

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"They can't spell – but they sure can rock!" That was the view of the man doing the introductions on The John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, immediately following a set from Californian band Deap Vally. 

The female duo were on their way to becoming our new favourite act even before they'd started – framed as they were by a terrific band logo based on halves of a heart-shaped friendship necklace; taking to the stage without a pair of shoes between them and greeting everyone: "Wake up, you fuckers!" All this at 2.30pm on a Sunday (ie: around breakfast, on Glastonbury time).

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Then there was the music: unreconstructed 1970s blues-rock with obvious comparisons to The Stooges and Black Sabbath, but with an added Transit truckload of fun.

“The lyrics aren't too hard to remember,” singer-guitarist Lindsey Troy recently said, accurately enough of songs like ‘Baby I Call Hell’ and ‘Bad For My Body’. “We feed off each other's energy – that's what music's about.” ‘I got rhymes so catchy/ They’re venereal’ offers ‘Raw Material’.

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As a guitar-and-drums duo they're hardly without precedent – one imagines the pair to be well practised at arranging their faces in order to answer questions about The White Stripes and early-period The Black Keys. Though in fairness drummer Julie Edwards could hardly be confused with Meg White: she’s one of those drummers who uses all of her limbs, all of the time – bouncing around on her stool as if being driven at speed along a very bumpy road. And neither of those two other bands ever seemed as enjoyably watchable as Deap Vally. “We take the stereotypes of the 'dumb groupie' or the 'video vixen' and play with those roles,” Tory has said. “We embrace that 1970s glam and Americana cowgirl vibe and we're obsessed with fringing.”

Appropriately the pair met in a Los Angeles knitting shop, The Little Knittery (‘Make love. Make friends. Make sweaters') where drummer Edwards worked and Troy once attended something called the crochet clinic. They’ve been together barely a year but have already supported Iggy Pop, met Jimmy Page, played the Reading Festival and done Later... With Jools Holland. Their debut album Sistionix (oh yes) came out on Monday and really is well worth your attention.

In fact: if you can find a better hobycraft-related girl/girl blues rock record released this week, we're all ears.

 

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