by Deap Vally


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With effortless cool and a whole lot of attitude, San Fernando garage rock duo Deap Vally expand on their early White Stripes-meets-Black Keys assault with addictive grooves and space to breathe on their sophomore outing, Femejism. Produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Femejism is an unpolished, rough-hewn delight that satisfies visceral urges while pushing Deap Vally in new directions. Singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy restrains her wild delivery on a few tracks -- like the spare and spiteful acoustic "Critic" -- allowing a new side to shine with vocals reminiscent of fellow hard-rocking sisters. Hints of Zinner's bandmate Karen O bubble up on the stomping "Little Baby Beauty Queen" and the skittering "Julian." Alison Mosshart's brooding looms over opener "Royal Jelly" (which appropriately sounds like the Kills and Dead Weather), "Heart Is an Animal," and "Teenage Queen," while the unaffected air of Australian bard Courtney Barnett drifts through "Gonnawanna" and "Smile More." That latter track, which also absorbs the confidence of Chrissie Hynde and Poe, is the spiritual centerpiece of Femejism, an honest declaration of self, warts and all. As Troy delivers each biting lyric, her riffs continue to crush and fizz, ever indebted to Led Zeppelin and Jack White. Drummer Julie Edwards holds everything together with wild beats that land more like punches to the gut than the sharp stabs found on 2013's Sistrionix. Femejism is also more fun than its predecessor, sultrier ("Post Funk"), wilder ("Grunge Bond"), and more playful ("Two Seat Bike"). While comparisons and familiar tones abound, they shouldn't detract from what Troy and Edwards excel at delivering. They mostly serve as touchstones to lock Deap Vally into the ranks of similar artists as genuinely concerned with rocking listeners into sweet submission. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2016
Label: Nevado Music
UPC: 0823674050221
catalogNumber: 44
Rank: 138298

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Performance Credits

Deap Vally   Primary Artist
Lindsey Troy   Hand Clapping
Nathaniel Eras   Hand Clapping
Nick Zinner   Hand Clapping
Julie Edwards   Hand Clapping
Lauren Fay Levy   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Nathanial Eras   Percussion

Technical Credits

Brian McPherson   Legal Counsel
Carole Kinzel   Booking
Russell Warby   Booking
Deb Fenstermacher   Management
James Sandom   Management
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Nick Zinner   Composer,Producer
Charles Godfrey   Engineer
Sadaharu Yagi   Engineer
Deap Vally   Composer,Producer
Samur Kouja   Engineer
Rachel McCollum   Artwork

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