When Lindsey Troy walked into Julie Edwards’ knitting shop in Los Angeles to learn how to crochet, no one could have predicted at the time that a metal-tinged garage-rock duo would form from it—let alone that the duo would go on to play high-profile festivals in Europe or open for the likes of Muse and The Vaccines. But when Troy and Edwards got together, they found they had much more in common than a love for needlework.
“We really bonded,” Edwards says in an upcoming interview with Music Is My Oxygen. “We had a lot in common in terms of our frustration with where we were at with our music projects and what we were doing.” A couple of casual jam sessions soon led to the formation of Deap Vally, a powerful heavy-music duo that manages to combine the lo-fi garage-rock of The White Stripes, the classic metal sensibilities of Zeppelin and the girl-rock vibe of Heart.
“We both wanted to play heavy, impactful, confrontational music, and we wanted to do it well,” continues Edwards, “and we want to use that kind of music to feel empowered.”
The combination has already gotten lots of attention. Last summer’s release of their first single “Gonna Make My Own Money” led to a record deal with Island Records, and subsequent single “End Of the World” played very well overseas, leading to opening tour slots across Europe with The Vaccines and Muse, as well as 2013 summer festival performances at Glastonbury, Reading, Lollapalooza and other notable music fests. Their debut album Sistrionix is already available in Europe and will officially drop in North America on October 8. Meanwhile, their current single “Bad For My Body” is already making waves in the blogosphere.
Deap Vally is preparing to hop on tours this fall with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Arctic Monkeys, but this Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Denver, you can catch them in a more intimate setting at the Moon Room at Summit Music Hall, along with JUUJUUU and local Denver act The Foot. Tickets are available for $10 each from Soda Jerk Presents.