Watch: Deap Vally Release New Video For “Royal Jelly” Featuring Georgia May Jagger
Photo by Koury Angelo
For Fans Of: Cheatahs, FIDLAR, Savages, The Dead Weather, Peace, The Kills
Los Angeles’ female power duo Deap Vally unleash their gritty new single “Royal Jelly” with VICE’s Noisey. Produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, the track is viscous and heavy, bringing their rock ‘n’ roll roots to the forefront. As Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards put it, “It’s a song that takes its time, but the pay-off is great. It’s definitely one of the funkiest songs on our upcoming new record.”
In celebration, also reveal the accompanying video featuring designer/model/fashion icon Georgia May Jagger. Directed by visual artist Jess Holzworth, the “Royal Jelly” video features far-out face and body paint by make-up visionary Isamaya Ffrench and is a celebration of strong, creative women. Fun fact: Julie was five months pregnant when the video was shot!
Deap Vally released their debut album Sistrionix in 2013 that received critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, NME, The Guardian + more and was revered for its garage punk brutalism. With a new record in the works for 2016, be sure to stay tuned for more!
“Liberally doused in sick solos; it’s all manner of bawdy boss-bitch real talk wrapped up in garage punk brutalism.” – SPIN
“There’s plenty of White Stripes in their style…” – Rolling Stone
“…fascinating lyrical tilt” – Consequence of Sound
“…closer to the humor and rock chops of female grunge outfits like LA band L7 or Minneapolis trio Babes In Toyland.” – NME
“Like outrageously attired alchemists, they distil rock’n’roll down to its barest essences – thud, snarl, wooh! – and turn it into something precious again” – The Guardian
What’s that smell? FUNK, derived from the Latin “fumigare,” meaning, “to smoke.” The smoking ladies of Deap Vally don’t need boots to walk all over you. The barefoot duo’s mixture of brazen and sweet allows them to zigzag from songs of poignant social commentary and resolute declaration to vulnerable bare-all ballads and songs of universal empowerment. Not purely blues-rock– sandwich them between funk and punk, because it’s just as much about attitude and intent as guitar-and-drums.
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards met in a crochet class in 2011 (no lie), and have since then melted faces and blown minds all over the world, touring with Queens of the Stoneage, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, DIIV, Band of Skulls, the Vaccines, Marilyn Manson, Muse, Peaches, Babes in Toyland, and Mumford and Sons, appearing on Jools Holland, and playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Austin Psych Fest, Splendor in the Grass and all over the world on the wings of their 2013 debut album SISTRIONIX.
Deap Vally’s high fidelity recording approach reproduces the soul of their live performance, capturing the raw energy and sex appeal that oozes from the stage. Little instrumentation, BIG SOUND. That is the magic of Deap Vally.
They handle their instruments like machine guns, but snuggle kittens behind the scenes. These enigmatic women are wolves in sheep’s clothing by day, and sheep in wolves’ clothing by night (and if the thought of them as sheep makes you want to wear them as a sweater near to your heart, look out for their hand-crocheted merch).
In 2016, Deap Vally will drop album number two (album title is still top secret), produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, featuring tracks ranging from experimental prog and kraut-rock to good old-fashioned heart-melters and ball-busters.