Los Angeles doom boogie/dystopian punk/occult glam rockers head to the UK later this year!
After releasing their album ‘Darkness Rains’ last year via Suicide Squeeze Records, Los Angeles doom boogie/dystopian punk/occult glam rockers Death Valley Girls are sharing a new video for album standout track “Street Justice”. The band will embark on a European tour throughout February & March.
Speaking about the single, Bonnie Bloomgarden of Death Valley Girls said “This country is so messed up politically right now. Everyday we wake up it feels like we are stuck in a fucking haunted house. But we know in the end street justice always prevails.”
Rock n’ roll has always served as a means to elevate the fringe of society, though it’s accentuated the plights of the outcasts and misfits in different ways throughout the years. In its infancy, rock was a playful rebuttal against segregation and Puritanism. In the ‘60s, it became a vehicle for an elevated consciousness. In the years following the Summer of Love and the clampdown on Flower Power, that countercultural spirit adopted the aggravated and occasionally nihilistic edge of bands like The Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, and The New York Dolls. And then as the ‘80s approached, popular rock n’ roll turned into a relatively benign celebration of hedonism and decadence, but that contingent of dark mystics from the ‘70s who lifted the veil and used music as a means of rallying people to altered planes had left their mark. It was an undercurrent in rock that would never die, but would percolate in corners of the underground. Today we can see it manifest in LA’s Death Valley Girls.
Death Valley Girls feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel channel Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Fun House’s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace. Their relentless touring schedule means that the remainder of the group is rounded out by whichever like-minded compatriots can get in the van. On their third album Darkness Rains, bassist Alana Amram, drummer Laura Harris, and a rotating cast of guests like Shannon Lay, The Kid (Laura Kelsey), and members of The Make Up, The Shivas, and Moaning help elevate the band from their rogue beginnings to a communal ritualistic musical force. On the surface level, Death Valley Girls churn out the hypercharged, in the red, scuzzy rock every generation yearns for, but there is a more subversive force percolating beneath the surface that imbues the band with an exhilarating cosmic energy.
See Death Valley Girls live: 30th Jan – The Music Box, San Diego (USA) 7th Feb – Le P.D.Z., Besançon (FR) 8th Feb – Le Séchoir, Mulhouse (FR) 9th Feb – Hôtel de Vogüé, Dijon (FR) 11th Feb – Molotov, Hamburg (DE) 13th Feb – Loppen, Copenhagen (DAN) 14th Feb – Atlas, Aarhus (DAN) 15th Feb – Musikenshus, Gothenburg (SE) 16th Feb – Melody Box, Stockholm (SE) 18th Feb – Munster, Gleiss22 (DE) 19th Feb – King Georges, Koln (DE) 20th Feb – Monarch, Berlin (DE) 21st Feb – Vera Club, Groningen (NL) 22nd Feb – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam (DE) 23rd Feb – AD, Diskmuid (BEL) 24th Feb – L’Aéronef, Lille (FR) 26th Feb – Astroshow, Bordeaux (FR) 27th Feb – Paloma, Nimes (FR) 28th Feb – La Sirène, La Rochelle (FR) 1st March – La Cartonnerie, Reims (FR) 2nd March – Haunt Live, Brighton (UK) 3rd March – The Cluny, Newcastle (UK) 4th March – Broadcast, Glasgow (UK) 5th March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK) 6th March – The Victoria, London (UK) 7th March – Olympic Café, Paris (FR) 8th March – La Manufacture, Saint Quentin (FR) 9th March – Galion, Lorient (FR)