Los Angeles’ female power duo Deap Vally unleash their gritty new single “Royal Jelly”. 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, Deap Vally 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!
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 toured with Queens of the Stoneage, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Band of Skulls, the Vaccines, Marilyn Manson, Muse, Peaches, Babes in Toyland, and Mumford and Sons, appearing on Jools Holland, and playing festivals from Glastonbury to Austin Psych Fest to Splendor in the Grass.
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.