Deap Vally is careening toward a triumphant end by releasing their new single, “Ventilator Blues“ (a Rolling Stones cover), along with a final tour. The track will be one of the many gems included in their final record SISTRIONIX 2.0 when it arrives on February 1st via Deap Vally Records.
To celebrate their decade-long legacy, the Los Angeles rock duo is also giving one last tour hurrah, including stops at the Observatory in Santa Ana on November 11th and Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on March 9th. Fellow L.A. bands Death Valley Girls, L.A. Witch, Sloppy Jane (New York), and Spoon Benders will join on select dates.
With the unveiling of their version of “Ventilator Blues,” bandmates and friends Julie Edwards (drums/vocals) and Lindsey Troy (guitar/vocals) take one last reflective look back on Deap Vally, even as they barrel passionately toward the future. Recorded in 2014 — only two years into the project they founded after their serendipitous meeting in a knitting class — the cover has remained locked away ever since.
But the forthcoming release of their double LP SISTRIONIX 2.0 has ensured the unveiling of other unreleased covers, re-recordings of limited releases, B-sides, rarities, and more. They are offering fans a decidedly rejoiceful revisitation of their seminal debut album, SISTRIONIX — which Deap Vally will be tearing through in its entirety on tour.
With raucous defiance, both Edwards and Troy give a blistering ode to rock-n-roll icons on “Ventilator Blues.” Even as they have emerged over the last 12 years as fiercely unique torch-bearers of the genre, collaborating with a laundry list of giants (from Peaches to The Flaming Lips), they have become irreplaceable revelers of rock’s searing catharsis.
Through the sizzling riffs and thunderous percussion that erupts on the single, Deap Vally reassures fans they fully intend to burn out as a supernova rather than fizzle away in the dark. Joining the blistering rip-roaring cover is a lyric video that Edwards created after pouring over the amassed archival footage collected by videographer and director Anthony Ferrara — who played an instrumental role in capturing the band’s explosive fruition.
The footage captures all the “heavy riffs, sweat, and dream-fulfillment” that Edwards and Troy have kept Deap Vally afloat. With a ferociously rallying intensity, the duo keep their fiery passion for music ablaze as the song soundtrack shots of their famously wild live shows.
“What you gonna do about it, what you gonna do?” they howl against the clamor of the inevitable end, responding with characteristic rebellion: “Gonna fight it, gonna fight it.”
Words: Steven Ward
SISTRIONIX 2.0 the new album from Deap Vally is out on February 1st.
Deap Vally tour
11.10 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
11.11 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory ^ *
11.15 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall ^ ~
11.17 Portland, OR @ Star Theater ^ ~
11.18 Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall ^
11.19 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ^ ~
02.08 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
02.09 Nashville, TN @ Basement East #
02.10 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #
02.11 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
02.13 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
02.14 Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat #
02.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
02.17 New York NY @ Le Poisson Rouge #
02.18 Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom #
02.19 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz – JUST ADDED
02.20 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace – JUST ADDED
0.222 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag – JUST ADDED
03.09 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram *
03.15 Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar + Billiards
03.16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03.17 Denver, CO @ Marquis
03.18 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
03.20 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
03.21 Dallas, TX @ Trees – JUST ADDED
04.18 Mexico City, MX @ Foro Indie Rocks!
^ L.A. Witch
* Death Valley Girls
# Sloppy Jane
~ Spoon Benders
Listen to “Ventilator Blues” the new single from Deap Vally.