Deap Vally were born to play hot-sweaty basements and tonight they got the opportunity to do that again – when they played an intimate gig at Madame JoJo’s –a small central London venue tucked away under a busy Soho street. The unsurprisingly sold-out show marked the only club date on their current festival-heavy schedule and the band couldn’t have picked a warmer night for it.
The LA duos distortion heavy sound with elements of blues-rock as brought around in the past comparisons with The White Stripes, and while Deap Vally don’t have the subtle variations The White Stripes had, they do pack a considerable noise for a two piece.
Tonight the bare-foot duo kept chat to a minimum as they rattled through a set heavy in tracks taken from their critically acclaimed debut ‘Sistrionix’.
‘Raw Material’ and ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’ set the scuzzy tone for the evening, while ‘Walk Of Shame’ was dedicated to “all the girls in the house” by guitarist Lindsey Troy (not that there were too many, in the guy heavy audience)
Sweaty and nearly out of breath Deap Vally brought their hour-long set to a close with an encore featuring the triumphant ‘Baby I Can Hell,’ bringing about the first and only real interaction from the crowd, which is shame as the night had all the makings of a riotous affair, kind the NME lust over… Oh well! There’s always next time.
By Michael Jamison