Deap Vally is a Los Angeles duo that’s shared stages with Iggy Pop, Dinosaur Jr., and Thurston Moore, as well as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above 1979 a few weeks ago at Stubb’s. That company is a good indication to the band’s sound. Deap Vally’s second album, the excellently-titled Femejism, is sludgy and fierce, its feminism caked in layers of distortion and booming drums.
Even with the punk influences and signifiers, Deap Vally stands out for slowing down. “Royal Jelly,” recorded live in our Studio 1A, oozes like lava, slow-moving but destructive all the same. Blues, metal, punk, and pop get gobbled up in its path.
“Royal Jelly,” recorded live in Studio 1A, also appears on Femejism, out now.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX