Sisters from another mister – Interview with Deap Vally
The amazing garage rock duo had an unforgattable gig last week in Budapest. At Gozsdu Manó they made the audience forget about everything with their brand of rock ’n’ roll. Before the show I had a chance to chat a bit with these sexy chicks.
You seem like sisters to me. What’s that strong connection between you?
Lindsey: Yeah, I think there is an expression in English: sisters from another mister. It’s like sisters from different parents. I do believe in human magnetism. If you are putting out your true sort of vibes or energy, you’re gonna attract similar people to you who complement you.
Julie: It’s really hard to explain the connection between Lindsey and me. I think it’s like some kind of weird faith.
Which common points could you mention?
L: Well, we both have Jewish on our fathers’ side. We both like really really morbid, dark shit. We both really like Elliot Smith.
J: We both like really sweet and sour. We both have big hair. We both grew up in show business.
And in music?
J: When we first met, there were sort of musical meeting points for us. Like classic rock, grunge, folk, soul.
You’ve played before The Vaccines, Iggy Pop, Band of Skulls.. and so on. Which one did you enjoy the most?
L: We opened for Queens of the Stone Age, that would probably have to be my favourite.
J: It’s so hard to pick a favourite because we’ve really been so busy the last couple years. We’ve been very fortunate to tour with so many incredible bands in many different genres and each one of them sort of taught us something like being in a band, living on the road, all that. But Queens of the Stone Age was really next level. I wanna be Josh Homme.
Other than these, what band would you like to play with the most?
J: The Rolling Stones.
A lot of people say that you are the girl version of The Black Keys. What do you think about that?
L: I can see the similarity more with their early albums. I don’t think that the recent albums sound like us at all. But with the early ones I could definitely see the similarity, except I think that Julie’s drumming is so much different than their drummer.
Did they or The White Stripes inspire you being a duo?
L: I was like a White Stripes fan for many years but we were never intentionally meaning to be a duo. That happened by accident because the bass player that we meant to play with was too busy to play with us.
Have you ever wanted to expand the band?
L: It’s fun to jam with other people, but it’s hard to imagine having another member in the band. It would be confusing, it would be a lot different.
J: And it would make touring more expensive!
How’s your recent tour so far?
L: This tour has been especially sort of relaxing because we had a lot of days off and I think we are just better at touring now than we used to. The last tour we did, last year we toured for so long, like non-stop. I was losing my voice, it was really stressful. This tour has been more loose. We’ve been drinking more because we had time off, so we had time to rest.
J: We know what we need. The first time you’re touring, you don’t know what you need. It’s like to live in a totally new world where you have to learn what you need.
What is the meaning behind the title of your album, Sistrionix?
L: Well, it’s a word that Julie invented. One of her favourite hobbies is to invent words and funny phrases. It makes up Sisters, ’cause we are like sisters and Histrionic. So those concepts combined.
Lindsey, you had your birthday last month. How did you celebrate it?
L: We had a few days off and I was performing in a string orchestra, called ’41 Strings’. Nick Zinner, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitar player had a string symphony orchestra that he wrote a few years ago. It’s like 25 minutes long and it is in four parts. He performed it in London at the Royal Festival Hall, and I performed in that with him and musicians from the Savages, The xx or Damon Albarn. There was 3 drummers, there was like 8 guitar players and 2 bass players and a huge string symphony with chellos and violins and stuff. So I performed in that on my birthday and it was one of the best experiences in my life.