DEATH VALLEY GIRLS

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS share album title-track "Under the Spell of Joy". LP due Oct 2nd via Suicide Squeeze Records.

Death Valley Girls are sharing the title-track from their upcoming album, 'Under the Spell of Joy' is due Oct 2nd via Suicide Squeeze Records.

Speaking about the new song, DVG's Bonnie Bloomgarden said 

"'Under the Spell of Joy' is a space-gospel record. We believe we served as channels for what we think are guides. As we learn what the songs are about, we realize they are meant to be sang like chants, hymns, or spells. Most of the songs were recorded with 12 voices, including a kid's choir!

We are learning that words with intention and energy hold so much power, especially when said or sang with a group."


While studies have been conducted aiming to understand the science behind music, our inexplicable ability to tap into the emotions of another human being by way of arrangements of sonic frequencies still seems a bit like magic.

LA’s Death Valley Girls have always sought to wield that magic like ancient mystics, creating psychic bonds with willing ears through the medium of their fiery rock n’ roll. On the surface, previous albums like Glow in the Dark and Darkness Rains were rowdy mash-ups of early American punk, sun-baked psych rock, and proto-metal fire-and-brimstone guitar worship, yet there was always an undercurrent of some kind of strange, celebratory communal ritual in their music. With their latest album Under the Spell of Joy, the band dives even deeper into that magical cosmic energy.


The album title Under the Spell of Joy comes from the text on a t-shirt from San Diego heavy psych rockers Joy that was handed off to Death Valley Girls’ vocalist/guitarist Bonnie Bloomgarden, who wore the shirt for five years straight, treating it like a talisman. 

“I read it as being about manifesting your biggest dreams and responding thoughtfully and mindfully to everything that comes in your path with joy and compassion first,” 

Bloomgarden explains. 

“There is a lot to be really angry about in the world but joy is just as powerful if used correctly!” 


The band sought to create a spiritual record—what Bloomgarden describes as a “space gospel—with the intention of bringing people together and creating the kind of participatory musical experience people have in places of worship. It’s a record loaded with chants, choirs, and rousing choruses, all for the purpose of encouraging people to sing along. Where the band had once sought to connect people through more esoteric means, they now tap into the age-old tradition of uniting people by inviting them to be an active part of the music.


While Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel knew their intention for the album before a single note was written, the actual nature and direction of the music was a mystery. The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian funk records the band had been listening to on tour, but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording,

Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell of Joy’s eleven tracks as if they’d tapped into the Akashic Chronicle and pulled the music from the ether.


“The world is crazy right now and it feels like we should be doing more than just trying to perpetuate joy,

Bloomgarden says. 

“I think music becomes a part of you. Like Black Sabbath’s first record is as much a part of me as my own music. I think you can listen to music or song to get lost in it, or you can listen to music to find something in your self or the world that either you never had or just went missing.

I want people to sing to this record, make it their own, and focus on manifesting their dreams as much as they can!” 


Under the Spell of Joy will be out on October 2, 2020 via Suicide Squeeze Records on CD/LP/CS and digital formats. First vinyl pressing is limited to 1500 copies (1200 on gold, 300 on label-exclusive silver).

Death Valley Girls - Under The Spell Of Joy

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