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Deap Vally deepens Chicagoans love for female grit-rock duo

Deap Vally at Park West opening for Band of Skulls

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The impact is more contagious than a plague, more tumultuous than a tidal wave; the sensation is more explosive than fireworks on July 4th and just as catapulting as being love-struck. In this day and age, a one-track mind muffles the ability to accept differential views and customs, but when music comes into play and a band completely clouds your vision for days on end and then even longer, that kinship constitutes a colossal case worth concentrating on.

Power-driving rock duo Deap Vally performed at Chicago's Park West on Thursday, June 5. While they opened for Band of Skulls, their set was dynamic enough to be a headlining performance.
Power-driving rock duo Deap Vally performed at Chicago's Park West on Thursday, June 5. While they opened for Band of Skulls, their set was dynamic enough to be a headlining performance.Jen Emmert

Thursday night surpassed heights that not even Everest could actually reach, thanks to the swanky, award show-esque whimsicality of Park West; the venue hosted UK rockers Band of Skulls, and while they supplied the audience with more electric energy than a circuit board, the real voltaic charger was opener Deap Vally, a California duo revolutionizing the “girl power” concept and their fiercely infatuating dominance in the music industry. Packing the performance of a headlining veteran, members Lindsey Troy (vocals and guitar) and Julie Edwards (drums and vocals) ooze with bad-a**ery and momentum that would leave any legend proud. One of the most admirable qualities about Deap Vally is the initial observation and then its appetizingly distorted shift; that is to say, viewers see the lavishly-clad, yet laidback ladies—sequin-seeping tops, short shorts, the tastefully fashionable clashing of multiple prints, the occasional fringe and fur ensemble, and bare feet among sheer tights with perhaps a visible hole or two—and are indubitably breath-taken; then, they witness the two confidently stride up to their instruments and play as if music was heard for the first time, a refreshingly refined and radiating revelation. The Barbie doll-like perfection of Troy is juxtaposed by the snarling, gritty wails of her voice and her graceful-grip guitar-handling. Similarly, the stunning, pinup aura of Edwards quickly is manifested by the ferociously infectious beats on her drum kit, not to mention her hauntingly, heavenly vibrato vocals. Chicagoans may have been unfamiliar with the band prior to this event, but they were certainly sucked in with alacrity. The set felt as though it ended right as it began, but the band’s enthralling ambience sustained, deeply engrained in the audience’s minds, as well as their souls. Their presence is everlasting—hashtag (#) deap vally style.

Deap Vally will be performing overseas frequently this summer, but will undoubtedly make a comeback to the States upon their return. Catch them on the road while possible, and check out their Facebook, Twitter (@deapvally) and Instagram (deapvally) for more information and updates.