"I feel like what we're doing is kind of a love letter to Jack White," says guitarist/singer Lindsey Troy, sitting in the open-air "Media" tent at Coachella this past weekend. "We feel a little burned and rejected that we haven't heard from him yet."
By "we" Troy's speaking of herself and drummer Julie Edwards' band Deap Vally, the Southern California-based band that first came together just over two years ago. And considering they just finished their Coachella debut, these two have nothing to feel burned and rejected about.
Sitting in front of me in equally eccentric--yet totally dissimilar--outfits, these two could easily pass for seasoned professionals. Combine that with their riotous, infectious rocker-meets-blues performance only minutes before, and it's even harder to believe they're just a couple of rookies. With their debut album dropping this summer, dozens of festivals slots booked, we talked to Deap Vally about Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, and arts and crafts.
So how was playing Coachella? JE: It was good, we survived. We are extremely sleep deprived right now, so I was a little worried. But it was good. And my four-year-old niece was up on my brother's shoulders. I was trying to wave at her in the beginning but she was too cool for it. Her mom's in The Raveonettes and her dad is in AutoLux, so she's just too cool. I asked her what she thought of the show and she was like, 'I already knew all the songs that Lindsey was singing.'
Are you going to see any other bands play this weekend?
JE: "I really want to see Tame Impala. Oh and Father John Misty! But Tame Impala better be good, because I'll be so let down otherwise."
LT: "I want to see Savages."
What music inspires you guys?
LT: "A lot. Led Zeppelin. Black Sabbath. Tina Turner. The Doors. Jimi Hendrix."
JE: "Shit had balls, and people were real. I feel like rock 'n' roll represents an ideal. And it's this ideal of living fearlessly, and sticking to what you believe in, and not giving a fuck what anyone thinks. And you can't fake it. Well, you can kind of fake it on record but you can't fake it live."
How did you two first meet? LT: "Julie was working at a knitting and crochet shop, and I went in there wanting to learn how to crochet, and that's how we met. I'm into handmade, quality things. Everyone should learn how to knit or crochet or do something crafty with their hands, because it will change your life.
What's your goal for the future?
JE: "I think just be true to who we are and the kind of music we play."
LT: "Play a show with Rage Against the Machine."
You guys have such a great look. How would you sum up Deap Vally's fashion? LT: "I call it rock 'n' roll glamour."
JE: "I call it classy and ass-y."
Who are your style icons? LT: "Jimmy Page. Prince. Jem and the Holograms. Joan Jett."
JE: "Tina Turner. In her prime, she had these insanely muscular thighs and tiny little dresses and they'd always be flying up! Yeah, Tina Turner's definitely my pick."