Girlschool 2017: Deap Vally Brights Up the Stage

This year’s Girlschool lineup is sick, and L.A.-based rock duo Deap Vally is (literally) a shining example.

Rock duo Deap Vally, formerly one of L.A.’s best kept secrets, is taking center stage at the all-female Girlschool music festival going down at Echo Park’s Bootleg Theater Jan. 27-29. The twosome, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, are like a walking (er, rocking) Riot Grrrl anthem with singles like “Gonna Make My Own Money” and their latest album title, Femejism. The fact that the two met in a crochet class only adds to the band’s feminine lore–a rewriting of rock’s rulebook to set hardcore crafting alongside hardcore thrashing–a practice the two are no stranger to. Their signature lo-fi blues musicality and booming vocals earned them a “scuzzy White Stripes-meets-Led Zeppelin” comparison by the BBC, and Steve Leggett of AllMusic described the band as “the loudest and brashest out there … seeth[ing] with lust and frustration, pride and anger.” In anticipation of their upcoming show, we sat down with the San Fernando Valley-based pair and asked about their greatest #Girlboss moment to date. Here’s what they had to say:

Lindsey: My biggest #Girlboss moment was when we played with Jools Holland, and off camera he came up to me and told me how much he enjoyed our performance and named some retro singers I reminded him of.
Julie: Giving birth.

Check out Lindsey and Julie, along with some of the other Girlschool artists, chatting with us in the comfort of their own Lyft rides, and give Deap Vally’s tunes a listen below.

For more on Girlschool’s performers, keep it locked, and to grab your tickets to the festival, go here. Shout out to Lyft for their sponsorship in creating the Girlschool X Lyft X Nasty Gal video series.

Styling by Keely Murphy
Photo by Juan Azulay