Comprised of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, the Los Angeles-based grunge-rock duo Deap Vally can trace their origins to when Troy and Edwards met in 2011 at a crochet class. The duo’s debut effort Sistrionix was released in 2013 to critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, The Guardian and others for a primal, raw sound that seemed influenced by old school blues, The Stooges, Black Sabbath and 70s funk. And as a result of the national and international attention they received, the Los Angeles-based duo has shared stages with the likes of renowned acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Band of Skulls, The Vaccines, Marilyn Manson, Muse, Peaches, Babes in Toyland, and Mumford and Sons. Adding to a rapidly expansive national and international profile, the duo has appeared on Jools Holland and have played some of the world’s biggest and most popular festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Austin Psych Fest, and Splendour in the Grass.
Slated for release sometime next year, the duo’s forthcoming (and long-awaited) sophomore effort will be produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Nick Zimmer — and the still unnamed album’s first single “Royal Jelly” has grabbed the attention of the blogosphere. And honestly once you hear the swaggering and strutting song, you’ll immediately see why they’ve been a blogosphere sensation — the song pairs enormous power chords, thundering drumming, howled and cooed lyrics and arena rocking anthemic hooks. The song structurally eschews most conventional songwriting techniques as the song is comprised of alternating quiet and loud sections held together by the song’s hooks. But seriously, who the fuck cares about that? Let’s face it, these ladies are serious — they kick ass and take names in a way that reminds me of Karen O., White Mystery‘s Alex White and Screaming Females‘ Marissa Paternoster.
The duo was recently invited to Blind Blind Tiger Speakeasy to record a live version of “Royal Jelly,” which should give you a sense of how the duo commands a strange and destroys eardrums. Play this one loud and headbang your afternoon away.