Sonic Sessions: Deap Valley

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Deap Vally
with special guests The Village Bicycle
7 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. show
Free street parking after 6 p.m.
Full bar and concessions
This event is general admission, standing room only. The Sonic Sessions concert series is sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company

Femejism, the second album from LA duo Deap Vally, has been two years in the making. “This is what we wanted: total freedom,” says drummer Julie Edwards. The pair explored new territory at recording studios in Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley. They had a third character in the mix, too, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who lent key production skills to the pair’s own chemistry. “He’s pushed our songwriting a lot,” says vocalist/guitarist Lindsey Troy. The pair also explored new territory at recording studios in Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley, this time honing their producing skills too. The track "Julian", for instance, was produced entirely by them. Both ladies insist that theirs is a love/hate relationship they’re incapable of explaining. “It’s a mystery that neither of us understand,” says Julie, the yogic yin to Lindsey’s dramatic yang. “We’re giving ourselves to an alchemy we don’t control but it creates art. It’s raw, hot and loud, you know?”

The duo always keep their cards close to their chests when it comes to offering explanations. “What do you think it means?’” defers Julie on the subject of titles, lyrics, etc. Although they take what they do seriously, Deap Vally try not to take themselves too seriously. There’s a sense of humor that catches you off guard. The only thing they do offer is that true crime and historical characters have inspired some songs. Maybe the self-produced "Julian" or "Little Baby Beauty Queen", but who knows? They both kick like a mule regardless.

“Sistrionix (their debut album) was a document of the early years of Deap Vally”, Julie concludes. “Femejism is a document of the metaphorical desert we’ve been crossing between towns.” Make sure you bring a bottle of Jack for the ride. You might need it to take the edge off.

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By: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame