DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Share new single & video "(One Less Thing) Before I Die"
Album 'Darkness Rains' out this week, Oct 5th, via Suicide Squeeze Records
With their album 'Darkness Rains' set for release this Friday, Oct 5th, via Suicide Squeeze Records, Death Valley Girls are sharing new single & video "(One Less Thing) Before I Die".
The video follows the story of Mad Mike Hughes on his three attempts to launch his home made, steam-powered rocket ship out in the Nevada desert.
Speaking about the video, Bonnie Bloomgarden of Death Valley Girls said
"We heard of this guy that wanted to shoot himself into the sky in a home made, steam-powered rocket ship to prove that the Earth was flat.
Kansas Bowling asked us if we wanted to go film the launch. At first we thought we didn’t care at all about flat earthers, or the flat earth theory,
but then we met Mad Mike Hughes. Mad Mike is an amateur rocket scientist, lawyer, limo driver, dare devil, Guinness Book world record
alum, conspiracy theorist, and is now running for governor of the state
After going to three launches in the desert - two attempted, and one successful - we learned a lot.
While we don’t agree with his politics at all, we are glad we met him,
and that we learned one more thing before we die."
Rock n’ roll has always served as a means to elevate the fringe of society, though it’s accentuated the plights of the outcasts and misfits in different ways throughout the years. In its infancy, rock was a playful rebuttal against segregation and Puritanism. In the ‘60s, it became a vehicle for
an elevated consciousness. In the years following the Summer of Love and the clampdown on
Flower Power, that countercultural spirit adopted the aggravated and occasionally nihilistic
edge of bands like The Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, and The New York Dolls. And then as the
‘80s approached, popular rock n’ roll turned into a relatively benign celebration of hedonism
and decadence, but that contingent of dark mystics from the ‘70s who lifted the veil and used music as a means of rallying people to altered planes had left their mark.
It was an undercurrent in rock that would never die, but would percolate in corners of the underground. Today we can see it manifest in LA’s Death Valley Girls.
Death Valley Girls feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel channel
Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Fun House’s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace.
Their relentless touring schedule means that the remainder of the group is rounded out by whichever like-minded compatriots can get in the van. On their third album Darkness Rains, bassist Alana Amram, drummer Laura Harris, and a rotating cast of guests like Shannon Lay,
The Kid (Laura Kelsey), and members of The Make Up, The Shivas, and Moaning help elevate the band from their rogue beginnings to a communal ritualistic musical force.
On the surface level, Death Valley Girls churn out the hypercharged, in the red, scuzzy rock every generation yearns for, but there is a more subversive force percolating beneath the surface that imbues the band with an exhilarating cosmic energy.
Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to further the cause by releasing 'Darkness Rains' on October 5th, 2018 on LP/CD/CS/ and digital formats. The first vinyl pressing is limited to 1,500 copies.
Both the cassette and vinyl include digital downloads.
09-13 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets *
10-03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom **
10-04 - Tustin, CA @ Marty’s on Newport **
10-05 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah **
10-14 - Desert Daze Festival - Lake Perris, CA w/ My Bloody Valentine, Death Grips, Shellac etc.
10-18 - Riverside, CA @ Aurea Vista
10-19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
10-20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
10-21 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
10-23 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
10-24 - Dallas, TX @ Regal Room
10-25 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
10-26 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
10-29 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
10-30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie #
11-01 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
11-02 - Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester #
11-03 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx #
11-04 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen #
11-05 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club #
11-07 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
11-08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
11-09 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic #
11-11 - Chico, CA @ Duffy's #
11-13 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
11-14 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret #
11-15 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown #
11-16 - Seattle, WA @ Freakout Festival
11-17 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks #
11-20 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
* w/ L.A. Witch
** w/ Roky Erickson
# w/ Gymshorts
B I Z Z A R R E
Death Valley Girls "(One Less Thing) Before I Die"
DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – Darkness Rains
1. More Dead
2. (One Less Thing) Before I Die
3. Disaster (Is What We're After)
4. Unzip Your Forehead
5. Wear Black
6. Abre Camino
7. Born Again and Again
8. Street Justice
9. Occupation: Ghost Writer
10. TV in Jail on Mars