I spent the Memorial Day Weekend in California. Bookended by two great Golden State Warriors games, the majority of the time I was in Napa at a music festival called Bottlerock. Saw a lot of great bands and took a bunch of pictures, so this series of posts will be those photos, set-by-set. Please enjoy and be sure to check out the rest of the … Continue reading Deap Vally at Bottlerock 5/29/2016
Last night I got my socks rocked off by Deap Vally at Park West. They were there in support of Band Of Skulls, but it was obvious from the start that they could have easily been the headliners. A larger group than normal crowded the floor area at the venue for the 8pm set, bouncing up and down and banging their heads along with the heavy guitar riffs played by Lindsey Troy. A guy next to me said, “Where did these girls come from? I don’t even remember what band I’m here to see!” And it really was that kind of explosive performance that transcends labels like warmup act and main attraction-when the music is this good it really doesn’t matter.
The set only lasted about half an hour, and it was evident that the crowd would have gladly listened all night. I had spent a little time reacquainting myself with Sistrionix before going to the show, and it did not prepare me in the least for what I would see. Songs like “Walk Of Shame” were more visceral and raw, with fuzz dripping off Troy’s guitar and Julie Edwards pounding the drum set with such force I thought it might just break in half. On “End Of The World” Troy’s voice sparkled through, sounding like a mix between an angry Karen O and Janis Jopling preaching “Hate is a parasite. Yes hate will eat us alive if we let it. No we won’t let it.” Continue reading “Deap Vally At Park West 6/5/2014”
I try to avoid writing about albums or artists that everyone is already writing about (beautifully illustrated by my two articles on Conor Oberst over the past couple weeks). So, when Sistrionix came out a little under a year ago, I gave it a quick listen and didn’t really pay any more attention. I saw Deap Vally was being written up everywhere, with big and … Continue reading Deap Vally-“Bad For My Body” Video