Who is Deap Vally? A rockin’ duo from California who hates being labeled as “girls.” The group formed in 2011 when Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards met at a crochet class in LA — true story! I asked them some questions before Sasquatch about their expectations for the festival, their music inspirations, and weed activist fashion.
I heard in an interview that you like to play festivals because you can “stalk bands”. Who are the most stalk worthy acts at Sasquatch this year?
Julie: QOTSA QOTSA QOTSA, and we mean ‘stalk’ in the nicest, most non-threatening of ways…
Julie: My brother was in a band called Failure in the ’90s (they recently reformed after 17 years!!!), and he is currently in the band Autolux, so I learned about live, sonic brutality from him.
Your music is so (ew I hate the word) empowering. You sing about topics that are absent in popular music (walks of shame, etc.) with such gusto. What has been your experience as women in the music industry?
Julie: It’s hard to answer this question. We’d have to live as men to know if we are treated differently. I know everyone calls us ‘girls’ which was weird at first considering we are definitely both women…
What is the general reaction to your songs?
Julie: Reaction to songs is great! We have some feminist leanings, yes, but we like to write about stuff that is more universal than specifically ‘women’s struggles.’
What female artists have influenced you the most?
Julie: Courtney Love, Tina Turner, Carla Azar.
Lindsey, I know one of your guitars is named “Bobby”. How did she get that name?
Lindsey: I wanted to give her a name that was unisex, so I went with Bobby. I’ve always loved that name. It’s also a bit of an ode to Dylan and also to Joplin (“Me & Bobby McGee”).
What has been your most interesting tour experience?
Lindsey: Jeez, that’s an impossible question to answer. There are too many good ones, so I’ll just pick one out of my hat by random. How about this: it was our first big show in Manchester. A loud, emphatic Northern girl burst backstage with a couple of her pals with the line “we’re in the knitting club!” She gave me a scarf her mother had made and gave Julie some weed. She charmed the shit out of us and ended up becoming a great friend and eventually our permanent merch girl on tour.
Have you noticed a difference between American and European audiences?
Lindsey: Europeans have sexier accents!
I know you both met crocheting. How did you become such badass crocheters and what has been your most difficult project?
Lindsey: We did! Lots of hours looping yarn on tour! My most difficult crochet project was a baby blanket I made for my nephew; it took me 8 months to make.
I love both of your styles (I totally agree that bell bottoms are the new skinny jeans). How would you describe your personal styles? What trends or new pieces of clothing are you stoked about?
Lindsey: #normcore, weed activist fashion, matchie matchie prints
What does Deap Vally having coming up in the future?
Lindsey: Touring with Band of Skulls in America and then crossing the Atlantic and doing some festivals and club shows. On my birthday (June 20) I’m going to be joining one of my musical heroes for a project of his in London. I’m not allowed to announce it yet, but it’s going to be siiick. We’re hopping over to Singapore for a show in August (!!!!!!!) and then coming home and then getting album #2 recorded!!!!