Deap Vally

Deap Vally

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With their bluesy rock and roll straight from the garage, Deap Vally delivered a fine show to Melburnians at the Northcote Social Club. The American rock duo consist of Lindsey Troy on lead vocals and guitar, and Julie Edwards on backing vocals and the drums - just like The Black Keys. No bass player, but did the White Stripes need bass to write some of the most acclaimed albums in modern rock music?

I’ll talk about the supporting band Gung-Ho first, an indie pop trio starring Oliver Duncan, Michael McAlary and Gabe Webster, whose sound sometimes touched on a Red Hot Chilli Peppers and occasionally U2 vibe. Though they were solid in sound, with a few more shows under their belt, they'll find some of the confidence they seem to be lacking.

Once Deap Vally hit the stage, they played with both attitude and passion, and between songs gave the crowd the same warm welcome the crowd had given them.

Troy sang with a mighty croon, and was happy to engage with her fans. Edwards on the drums was incredibly focused, even when singing backup vocals. To compensate for the lack of bass, the guitar was heavily distorted and seemed to have the treble lowered, creating a bassier sound.

The riffs were simple and loud, with the solos sparse and brief. The songs made me drift to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, with some 90s alternative rock in there, too. Having only two members might restrict what they can do musically, but seeing them live you wouldn’t notice. The Deap Vally sound is aggressive, raw and all over the place, and it's just the way rock and roll should be.

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