What You Call Love, Baby I Call Hell

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A Conversation with Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards of Deap Vally

By Madison Killian

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Deap Vally and Wolfmother at The Showbox, Seattle

I’m sitting backstage at The Showbox in Seattle across from Pikes Place Market. The walls are a shiny valentine’s day red, the couches are purple velvet. As I stared at the band sitting in front of me, it was apparent that there was going to be no beating around the bush, they had nothing to hide. Sitting atop the purple throne was a fresh-faced brunette in a tattered black t-shirt, wielding a crochet needle. Directly next to her is a stunning blonde with wild curls, holding a contraption up to her breast, pumping.

I interviewed Deap Vally on March 31st before their show in Seattle opening up for Wolfmother. After shaking Julie’s left hand (her right hand was occupied…) and Lindsey had set aside her yarn ball- I realized that this was the most rock ‘n roll thing I could possibly witness in my lifetime.

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Photo by Rebekkah Drake

Sucker: How are the two of you enjoying Seattle?

Lindsey: We went yarn shopping. I’m stoked because I have two half done hats, and I didn’t have the yarn to finish them.

Sucker: How’s touring with Wolfmother been?

Julie: Good.

Lindsey: They’re killer, great guys.

Sucker: Were you fans of Wolfmother before the tour?

Both: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Sucker: What’s a band that you’ve toured with that’s really inspired you/ been an honor to share a stage with?

Julie: Queens of the Stone Age and Yeah Yeah Yeahs for sure.

Sucker: Yeah, last time I talked to you guys you mentioned being big fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Lindsey: Well, yeah and then, I mean, Nick [Zinner, of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs] ended up producing our new record. I learned a lot from him. He’s a good guy.

Sucker: You guys have a new album, is there a release date at all?

Julie: It’ll be coming out around the Fall.

Lindsey: Not that release dates stay true anyways…

Sucker: Out of curiosity… What makes a release date so ever-changing when the album is basically done?

Julie: Yeah, so the albums done… But we haven’t signed on the dotted line with our label yet. So, you know… At this exact moment in time, there can’t technically be a release date.

Sucker: What is the hardest song for you to play live?

Lindsey: There’s a new song on the record that we haven’t played live yet, cause it’s like, really fuckin’ hard for me to do. We just have to practice it. In a weird way, a lot of our songs- we’ve been able to play with a minimal amount of practicing. We have this new song that we love- it’s great. We don’t record live and all at once- we do some multi-tracking. And we wrote the vocals after the music was written; I think when you write vocals like that, it’s harder to learn how to sing and play at the same time. Whatever you write and play at the same time is going to be natural.

Julie: We just have to rehearse it. Another one from the first record is “Woman of Intention.” That one’s hard for me. Maybe it isn’t still hard, but it was hard the first couple of years. It would just like, wear me out, it was really exhausting.

Lindsey: We just never knew how that song ended. The ending was just an eternal question mark. *looks at Julie* remember? *Lindsay sings a few ending “oohs”*

Julie: *laughs*

Sucker: If you guys weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?

Julie: I would be a psychologist. I’d probably go back to school for that.

Lindsey: Maybe a writer or filmmaker/ actor. Or a live drawing model. I like the idea of being one of those naked models for a drawing class. Iggy Pop just did that!

Sucker: How do you handle juggling your personal life and touring? Like… Julie, you’re breast pumping right now. How do you factor it all in?

Lindsey: It’s how she gets pumped up!

Julie: Right now [Lindsey’s] boyfriend is on tour with us because he’s documenting the tour- so that’s perfect. She has her personal life here with us. In the past, my husband has tour managed and come on tour for a little bit. When we were at South By Southwest my baby was there. It’s tricky, because when you’re on tour you’re in the little bubble of the tour family. Life continues on without you back home. Everyone you know continues to have their lives together and your life doesn’t really advance with everybody back home.

Lindsey: Restaurants close, new restaurants open. That’s the wildest part. It’s like watching a time-lapse video when you go back to your neighborhood and your favorite restaurant is closing and a new douche-y bar is opening up.

Julie: I think the thing that’s closest to what touring musicians do is military deployment or oil-rig jobs, or long haul fishing.

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Suddenly a mess of  dark hair appeared next to me, and a warm smile greets the three of us. Ian Peres, the bassist and keyboardist for Wolfmother stumbled in on our conversation. *************************************************************************************************

Ian: How do you guys know each other?

Julie: We’re doing an interview!

Ian: Oh! I’m so sorry…

Lindsey: *To Ian* How was your night? You got hammered, it was awesome.

Ian: Yeah…

Lindsey: That’s what you gotta do, man.

Ian: Portland was good to me. It was good… to US.

Sucker: What’d you guys do in Portland?

Lindsey: We stayed with my cousin. We got to stay there for two nights! She has a nice big house- with a full fridge, fresh eggs from his chicken… really nice. You know? It was a luxury for us. We kept it pretty mellow. These guys *gestures to Ian* got to party a bit more.

Ian: I’m a bit more hardcore. I went straight to ground control and played video games for a couple hours.

Sucker: When was the last time you guys played Seattle?

Julie: We played here a year ago, opening for Marilyn Manson.

Lindsey: That was a trip. I played bass with White Lung- my friend’s punk band- over the summer, and we played a couple shows in Seattle as well.

Sucker: What are you guys like on tour? Do you do a lot of partying?

Julie: We’re pretty mellow…

Sucker: Has that changed throughout the course of your band?

Julie: There was one tour we had where I feel like we really went for it. Most of them aren’t like that. You really need a stamina to party like that when you’re travelling. I know I don’t have it…

Lindsey: She’s also been married… Like, I was single for a long time and I was partying more than her- which isn’t really saying much.

Julie: If you drank a beer right now, you’d be partying harder than I do.

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(I supress the urge to tell her that I, in fact, drank half a bottle of wine before this interview to calm my nerves)

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Photo by Bryan Sheffield

Lindsey: You know, we have the nights that we let loose. You just can’t do it every night- I’ll get sick.

Julie: Yeah, also Lindsay really has to protect her voice when we’re on really long tours. Alcohol doesn’t always really lend itself to that.

Lindsey: Also, when you’re stuck in a van all day… you don’t want to have a hangover. It’s not great.

Julie: These guys [Wolfmother]… they’re in a bus. So, the bus drives all night, and they wake up in the city. I think that environment lends itself to… doing whatever the fuck.

Lindsey: And don’t get me wrong, there are nights we’ve partied really hard. I partied really hard the night before we went to Auschwitz. They party there. All the people were showing us a really good time. They drink a lot of vodka and stuff. The next day I was like… trainwrecked. I was not happy, and it was pouring rain. I couldn’t face it. Julie went, (To Auschwitz) and the rest of our crew went. I just felt like a piece of shit.

Sucker: What’s the first thing you guys are going to do when you get home from tour?

Lindsey: I’ll probably have some girl time with my L.A. bestie. I’ve known her for like 7 years.

Julie: Hug my little baby. She’s at home with daddy and grandparents.

Julie proceeds to lean forward and show me not only adorable photos, but videos of her infant daughter. I remain composed, but just barely.

Sucker: How old is she?

Julie: She’s almost 4 months.

Sucker: Have you already planned out which instrument she’s going to play?

Julie: She’s going to be a figure skater.

Keep in mind, during this entire part of the conversation, a video of Julie’s daughter laughing at an electronic whoopee cushion is playing in the background.

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Photo by John Moffat

Julie ended up having that beer and announcing to the crowd “I don’t have to breastfeed until tour is over!”

After some face melting guitar riffs and eardrum perforating drum solos, Lindsey’s icy stare locked onto the crowd while she began to chant “I am not ashamed of my rage.”

Deap Vally had taken Seattle by the throat. The band finished up the show and walked offstage to roars of applause.

After the set, I decided to do some recon in the ladies room (where else?) What I found was complete mayhem.

“What was that band’s name?!”

“They were so good. The singer was fucking amazing!”

“I’m going to buy a CD and a t-shirt… they’re my new favorite band”

By the throat.

As for the band- you can keep up with them

As for the band- be sure to check out their latest release Royal Jelly, and if you haven’t already- check out our last interview with the band where they talk Nick Zinner, the band’s formation, and more…

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