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Deap Vally – Sistrionix

Elise Price


Nearly a year after their first single was released, Sistrionix is an 11 track album that makes a huge amount of noise. Flying the rock flag for ladies, lead-singer and guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards have created a deep (or Deap?) and driven sound.

Opening track End of the World makes it hard to believe a two-piece can create so much noise. The sound is basic, yet totally captivating. The strong vocals accompany a punch-like beat, which explodes into a gutsy blues-rock riff.

Baby I Call Hell, seems to have a dingier feel, until Lindsey starts to sing her ‘whoas’, soulful and full of power. Walk of Shame starts fast and steady. Julie Edwards’s backing vocals really stand out, then her drumming capabilities shine on Make My Own Money. Here the drums play question and answer with the guitar; you can’t ignore the fills between the beats that keep the song going.

With an Indie-style opening riff, seventh track Lies begins, then the song phases back into a dirty blues infused rock noise for the verse. Both riffs and vocal melodies make a good and powerful song, and the chorus is catchy, however, this isn’t a favourite purely because it’s an up and down ride between verse and chorus. Nonetheless, the more you listen, the catchier it becomes.

With punchy fast-paced lyrics and a catchy chorus, I start to sing along to Women of Intention before I’ve even listened to this song all the way through. Full of life and attitude that has been relentless throughout the album so far, this track picks up the pace towards the end of the album.

The pace then continues with Raw Material. This song has an incredible build up, which momentarily peters out, building up tension. Again we are treated to a track which quickly explodes into another thick wall of sound.

By way of diversity, ghostly vocals and raw attitude lead us through the last track of the album, Six Feet Under which has progressive feel, maintaining the dirty edge that now seems trademark for Deap Vally.

All in all, Sistrionix is a great punk-blues-rock amalgamation, gloriously basic with relentlessly rich guitar sounds and attitude throughout the entire album. Although my favourite for the time being is still opening track End of The World, I have a feeling this will change the more I listen to the album, with a couple of tracks being definite growers. The duo make an incredible noise together, and the only downside is it leaves you wanting to see it live.