Deap Vally makes rock tunes that are as noisy as they are bluesy. Lead singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards mix big, gritty vocals with blistering guitars and thundering drums. They are powerfully feminist, belting out anthems of empowerment. Deap Vally declares financial independence with "Gonna Make My Own Money." They take the indignity out of the "Walk of Shame" with punk rock energy. They've even turned the latter into a weekly contest for fans bold enough to share their stories. It's not simply an excuse to swap anecdotes. Deap Vally states on the band's website, "Let's transform our embarrassment into empowerment and turn this walk of shame into a walk on the wild side that we survived with pride."
The duo has made big waves in a short amount of time. Since Deap Vally's formation in 2011, they've toured extensively, including a stint opening for stadium rockers Muse. This year, they hit the festival circuit with some high-profile dates, like the Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, on the schedule. Troy and Edwards have formed a musical partnership that stands to make a major impact and their story begins with a crochet class.
Edwards used to own an Atwater Village shop called The Little Knittery. Troy wanted to learn how to crochet. Troy signed up for a class at Edwards' store. It was a three hour session with only two students in it. The friendship began.