Deap Vally’s self-definitional bent is clearly displayed on singles Gonnawanna – which has a delightfully nonsensical video clip, perfectly complimenting the tracks surf-meets-punk rock vibe – and Smile More. Troy’s drawling lyrics on Smile More seemingly gives voice to every woman who has ever felt pressured to justify their life choices to others – “yes, I am a feminist/but that is not why I’m doing this” – or anyone, in general, who doesn’t conform to societal expectations – “I am happily unhappy, man”. Teenage Queen blends a stoner-rock sound, and Troy’s vocals are reminiscent of Courtney Love’s early-to-mid-period work with Hole – a feeling one also gets with Little Baby Beauty Queen – while Edwards’ backing vocals work brilliantly.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 24th September 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.