New Video: JOVM Mainstays Death Valley Girls Release a Hallucinatory and Menacing Visual for “Dream Cleaver”

Over the past handful of years, I’ve written quite a bit about the Los Angeles-based garage rock/psych rock/proto metal act Death Valley Girls, and as you may recall the act which is currently comprised of founding duo Larry Schemel (guitar) and Bonnie Bloomgarden (vocals, guitar) and a rotating cast of collaborators that includes Alana Amram (bass), Laura Harris (drums), Shannon Lay, members of The Make Up, The Shivas and Moaning, as well as The Flytraps Laura Kelsey can trace their origins to when they were formed by Schemel, Bloomgarden, Rachel Orosco (bass) and Hole‘s Patty Schemel (drums).

Although they’ve gone through a series of lineup changes, the band’s sound and overall aesthetic throughout their recorded output has largely been influenced by The Manson Family and B movie theatrics while thematically their work has touched upon the occult. Last year’s Darkness Rains may arguably be among the most menacing and darkest of their growing catalog. The band has been busy touring over the past year or so since the release of their third album, but they’ve managed to set some time aside to write and record — with their latest single “Dream Cleaver,” being the first batch of new material from the act this year.

Interestingly, the hook-driven new single finds the band’s sound subtly moving to a New Wave-like sound along the lines of The Psychedelic Furs and Echo and the Bunnymen, as you’ll hear brief blasts of bluesy saxophone floating over jangling guitars, gorgeous girls group-like harmonies paired with a motorik-like groove. And while possessing a newfound sheen, the manages to retain the menace and unease of their previously released material.

Directed by Casey Rup, the recently released video for “Dream Cleaver” is a nightmarish and anxiety-including hallucination that follows three murderous witches as they search for materials for a neon-colored and bubbling potion.

The members of Death Valley Girls will be embarking on a lengthy tour starting Friday that will find the band playing with an eclectic array of artists including The Distillers, Moonwalks, Craig Brown Band, Big Business, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Rocket From the Crypt, JOVM mainstays Crocodiles and others.  The tour will include an August 20, 2019 stop at Saint Vitus Bar. Check out the tour dates below.

 

 

Tour dates:
08.09.19 – Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge*
08.10.19 – Indianapolis, IN. Square Cat Vinyl*
08.11.19 – Cincinnati, OH, MOTR Pub*
08.12.19 – Detroit, MI, PJs Lager House*#
08.13.19 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
08.15.19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
08.18.19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
08.19.19 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
08.20.19 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus#
08.21.19 – Washington, DC @ DC9#
08.22.19 – Richmond, VA @ G5 Gallery#
08.23.19 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight%#
08.24.19 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL#
08.26.19 – The Outland – Springfield, MO!
08.27.19 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
08.29.19 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room

10.07.19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer^
10.08.19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre^
10.11.19 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater^
10.12.19 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s^
10.13.19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room^
10.15.19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall^
10.16.19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s^
10.17.19 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater^
10.19.19 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre^
10.20.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center^
10.22.19 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater^
10.23.19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst^
10.24.19 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater^
10.25.19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues~

11.03.19 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room @
11.05.19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge @
11.06.19 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole @
11.08.19 – Austin, TX @ Levitation
11.09.19 – Norman, OK @ Opolis @
11.11.19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar @
11.13.19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux @
11.14.19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios @
11.15.19 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown @
11.16.19 – Seattle, WA @ Freakout Festival
11.18.19 – Arcata, CA @ The Miniplex @
11.19.19 – Sacramento, CA @ Momo Sacramento @
11.22.19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon @
11.23.19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room @

^ w/ The Distillers
* w/ Moonwalks
# w/ Craig Brown Band
% w/ Big Business
! w/ Frankie and the Witch Fingers
~ w/ Rocket From the Crypt
@ = co-headline with Crocodiles / opener = Kate Clover

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