Deap Vally landed in ‘2013’ with their rock debut ‘Sistrionix’. The LA duo bombed down the Transatlantic speedway, lighting psych-blues fires throughout the US and Europe, both on record and during their frenetic live shows. Lindsey Troy’s whiskey-soaked vocals and killer guitar riffs were chaotic, but found a degree of order in the heat of Julie Edwards’ drumming. After several loops around the world, they returned from their tours and decided it was time for a gear shift. The change was inspired by the pair's need to create their vision on their own terms. Lindsey and Julie needed to be able to operate in a way that didn’t suck the living joy out of their creations, otherwise that blues synergy of rock’n’roll (forged between them at a knitting club in Echo Park some five years ago) would simply not be able to reach its pinnacle.
‘Femejism’ has been two years in the making. “This is what we wanted: total freedom,” says Julie. 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 Lindsey. 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.
“I always want there to be some philosophical endgame,” adds Julie. “They’re personal songs and they're universal. Nothing's too mired in emotion.” Lindsey agrees. “We wanna give people music they deserve.”
“'Sistrionix' 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.