Death Valley Girls Live On PressureDrop TV In San Francisco Today At 3pm PT

Death Valley Girls Live On PressureDrop TV Today At 3pm PT
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Playing At Great American Music Hall Tonight
'Glow In The Dark' Album Out NOW On Burger Records
US Tour Dates Forthcoming
Photo: Darain Zahadi
Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden’s series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band’s moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang,”  from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).

L.A. Weekly referred to them as the city’s unofficial proto-metal boogie band. That was in 2014-15, when their debut Street Venom resurrected the bygone spirit of sleazy rock and roll based on urban ills, tabloid nudes, dangerous sex, and the next generation of girl gangs.

Backstory: Bonnie Bloomgarden once belonged to New York rock band The Witnesses, who emerged from the early 2000s scene made famous by The Strokes. They had a record produced by Tommy Ramone. They lived on a farm for most of that time.

Their drummer is a doe-eyed blonde with a mean streak, a derby girl and cult femme fatale, known simply as “The Kid,” Bloomgarden’s ace. Bassist Nikki Pickle, unearthed in the Arizona desert, recently joined the gang after they recorded their second full-length album Glow in the Dark, which includes guest appearances by Jessie Jones (ex-Feeding People) Bobby May (ex-Gap Dream) Alana Amram and Laena Geronimo of Feels; an album influenced by Bloomgarden’s conspiracy theories and mummy sightings in Echo Park, but mostly it’s their master plan to rev-up their collective, The Cosmic Underground, how they hope to bring together likeminded maniacs under one umbrella of dopey happiness and the glammed-up punkness of Rodney’s English Disco.


Recorded in Echo Park’s Station House recording studio, Glow in the Dark is a Burger Records production that includes 10 tracks of bluesy, electric rock that’s both danceable punk and oozing with psychedelic slime; like a doped-up Elvis, had he been an alien and a member of L.A. garage rock pioneers The Seeds. Notable tracks include the single, “Glow in the Dark,” “I’m a Man Too,” and “Disco.”
"'I'm A Man Too' blocks your path and folds its arms." New York Times
"In a scene where a lot of bands are cutting their teeth, Death Valley Girls bare theirs; their punk-metal is the stuff of slash-band-burn guitars, baked-by-the-sun production and slap-you-up"side-the-head attitude." Buzzbands LA 

"Glow in the Dark, the band’s second full-length, is a striking record, all brazen fury and bratty beats, something resembling hard rock before Sabbath. And “I’m a Man Too,” with its blues progression and lip-curled vocals, would be a standout if it weren’t for the record’s remarkable consistency." Noisey
"Echo Park’s rawest boogie electrocutes old-school psychobilly into a punk frenzy, mixed with Black Sabbath–like elements of the occult. Their gang mentality keeps them insulated from the rest of the L.A. garage-rock scene. This should be their year of domination, as they release a ripping new album titled Glow In The Dark and then start a cult, the Cosmic Underground, in an effort to metastasize from a band into a religion." LA Weekly

July 21 - Great American Music Hall - SF
August 17th - El Rey - LA w/ The Coathangers
August 19th - The Independent - SF w/ The Coathangers