The world of Death Valley Girls is one of seeking joy in a pitch black field at midnight on Halloween, with only the moonlight and stars. As your guide and companion, trusting that the universe will be watching over you as you fall back into the grass, stare into the deep, endless ocean of the sky and stars and travel with your mind, letting go of the material, following the music.
What’s your personal definition of underground rock?
Rock n’ Roll is a spiritual, magical, powerful thing, it’s very hard to define, it’s as mysterious as outer space. It’s amazing how it can be the most personal experience for each listener and so universal at the same time.
What is the symbol of dark psychedelia?
There are many bands, artists, and filmmakers we draw inspiration from who have that strange, dark aesthetic: Iggy Pop/Stooges, Ronnie Spector, Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, The Seeds, Gun Club, 13th Floor Elevators, Bowie, Eno, John Waters, Jim Jarmusch and so many more.
Being a Southern California band we love the history of the LA music scene because of its darkness and light.
Love, The Doors, Mamas and The Papas in the 60’s to The Runaways, Germs & Alice Bag in the 70’s and beyond!
Do you think you’re more dark or angelic?
We think you need both, the balance. So we are equal parts.
The universe is complete darkness but full of the incredible light of stars, planets and galaxies. Light and shadow exists in harmony, we’re all connected!
Disaster is what we are after?
In the current state of the world we are inspired by the wise words of our heroes Patti Smith & her late husband Fred “Sonic” Smith who wrote the song “People Have The Power” back in the late 80’s.
They wanted to remind the listener of their individual power and the collective power of the people, the lyrics say:
Which also brings to mind Fred’s revolutionary band the MC5 who sang “Come Together“.
Is Los Angeles a place full of angels?
The music scene in Los Angeles is amazing, there are so many great bands in town, everyone’s doing their own unique thing.
Some favorites: Oozelles, Secret Stare, LA Witch, Egg Drop Soup, Reckling, Grave Flowers Bongo Band, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, The Paranoyds, Richard Rose, VUM and Kate Clover just to name a few!
What’s your saddest song?
The saddest song is from our first record it’s called “Get Back” it’s a story about my stolen guitar, 1965 Fender Mustang, and wanting nothing more than to hold her in my arms again. That was over 7 years ago. She was stolen when we played the Filmore, that place is the coolest.
Our happiest song instead is “street justice” basically it’s about karma and if you are on the righteous path the street will always have your back! The street fights for justice for all! We will be free, justice will prevail for you and me!
DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
special thanks to Bonnie Bloomgarden
LABEL: Suicide Squeeze Records