A night for hard hitting rock duos in Camden! Drenge got things off to a blazing start with their off-kilter near grunge. Eoin Loveless’ angsty moan/wail and some fearsome drumming helped beat their riffs into the audience’s conscious. However, tonight was only ever going to be owned by one band. Deap Vally swagger in with glitz, hotpants and huge hair, but don’t be fooled by the fact they’re females, they clearly chew up and spit out indie boys for breakfast and could out-rock Mt Rushmore if they chose to. They deliver tacks like ‘End of the World’, ‘Lies’ and ‘Make My Own Money’ like a band with something to prove, a rare sight these days, with Lindsey ripping viscous riffs from her heavily distorted guitar and spitting lyrics at the crowd in a way you’d never see from the Black Keys et al. Shame you won’t get to see them in a venue this small again. We imagine they’ll be blowing Mumford and Sons right off those stages when they support them through Europe next month.
We chatted to drummer Julie Edwards back in November, check out the interview here.