Death Valley Girls • Diet Lite • Daisychain • The Nile Club

Wed 08/03/22
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music
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Death Valley Girls

(Los Angeles)
Genre: Garage Rock

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.

The group 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.

Death Valley Girls’ sophomore album Glow In The Dark was based on the concept that many of us are trying to become more enlightened, and you can tell by the way they ‘glow in the dark.’ Darkness Rains goes a step further, attempting to shift the consciousness of those that have not yet considered how we are all connected and how that relates to the way we view life beyond death. Those that ‘glow’ can use the songs on Darkness Rains as new chants—or they can be used for pure entertainment. “Songs come from beyond and other worlds, you just have to tune into the right radio wave signal to dial them in. Our signal happens to be in a 1970 Dodge Charger Spaceship,” says Schemel.

Album opener “More Dead” is a rousing wake up call, with a hypnotic pentatonic guitar riff and an intoxicating blown-out fuzz-wah solo underscoring Bloomgarden’s consciousness-rattling proclamation that you’re “more dead than alive.” The pace builds with “(One Less Thing) Before I Die”, a minute-and-a-half distillate of Detroit’s classic proto-punk sound. But at track three, Death Valley Girls hit their stride with “Disaster (Is What We’re After)”, a gritty, swaggering rager that takes the most boisterous moments off Exile On Main Street and beefs it up with Zeppelin’s devil’s-note blues. Darkness Rains retains its intoxicating convocations across ten tracks, climaxing on an astral plane with the hypnotic guitar drones and cult-like chants of  “TV In Jail On Mars.”

“Learn from the stars and beyond! Be happy and thankful we got to live together on Earth at the same time! And death is just a shift—stay alive and awake,” Bloomgarden and Schemel respond when asked for a final thought on Death Valley Girls. “Embrace the darkness and don’t fear the Reaper.” 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.

Diet Lite

(Milwaukee)
Genre: Garage Rock

A powerful trio showcasing catchy riffs, creative songwriting, and an brand of energy that could be canned and sold at grungy, filth-caked 7/11’s worldwide. Diet Lite is a refreshing, low calorie way to get your face melted.

Daisychain

(Chicago)
Genre: Psych

*Different Shades EP out now!*
Daisychain is a 4-piece, female-fronted blues/psych rock band based out of Chicago. Drawing from influences like Patti Smith, Melvins, The Velvet Underground, and Jack White, audiences can expect expressive guitar solos, a dynamic rhythm section, and smoky vocal harmonies all paying homage to a familiar sound. 

The Nile Club

(Milwaukee, WI)
Genre: Indie Rock

THE NILE CLUB is a group who writes and self records music for all people. Named after an abandoned pyramid-shaped nightclub on the backroads of Wisconsin, The Nile Club is: Sam Walters, Malachi Kaehne, Chai Devlin, Samwise Baker, and Jack Lusk. The band formed as a trio (Walters, Kaehne, Baker) in 2017, and began to combine their solo writing into cohesive music in a leaky basement. With multiple writers and frontmen, The Nile Club gives you something to blast on your speakers in times of both joy and sorrow. Subject matter spanning from tales of fantastical creatures to the wage gap to feelings of self-illusion, The Nile Club speaks for the losers. Recorded and mixed out of basements in Sun Prairie, WI, their debut LP “Motions” came out in October 2019. It was graciously received by their local communities, and they played multiple festivals and house shows in the beginning months. The group then moved to MKE, WI in early 2020, and as well as playing larger and louder shows in the city, they used the many dreary months of the pandemic writing and recording their follow-up album. This album is to be called “Wake Up With a Sense of Pride”, and it is coming to the world SOON in 2022