8/02/2016

Death Valley Girls Share Video, Announce Tour

Death Valley Girls Share Video, Announce Tour On Brooklyn Vegan
'Glow In The Dark' Album Available On Burger Records
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. The experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel - they 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). LA Weekly referred to them as the city’s unofficial proto-metal boogie band. That was in 2014/15, when their debut album, 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 City rock band The Witnesses, who emerged from the early 2000's scene made famous by the likes of 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,” bassist Nikki Pickle, unearthed in the Arizona desert, recently joined the gang after they recorded their second full-length, Glow in the Dark.  The album is 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, and how they hope to bring together likeminded maniacs under one umbrella of dopey happiness plus the glammed-up punkness of Rodney’s English Disco (Rodney Bingenheimer makes an appearance in the band's video for 'Disco'). The record also includes special guest performances by Jessie Jones (ex-Feeding People) Bobby May (ex-Gap Dream) Alana Amram and Laena Geronimo of Feels),

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.
The 'Disco' video was directed by Kansas Bowling, who directed the recent Troma Movie, BC Butcher. Troma is a 42-year-old independent movie company led by Lloyd Kaufman, creator of The Toxic Avenger.
US TOUR DATES:
 
8/17 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey w/ The Coathangers
  8/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent w/ The Coathangers
9/2 - San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar
9/7 - Reno, NV - Holland Project
9/8 - Eugene, OR - Luckey's Club
9/9 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge
9/10 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
9/11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
9/12 - Tacoma, WA - The Valley Pub
9/13 - Spokane, WA - The Observatory
9/15 - Boise, ID - The Olympic Venue
9/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
9/18 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
9/19 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
9/22 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
9/24 - Detroit, MI - Third Man Records
9/25 - Toronto, ON - The Bovine
9/26 - Montreal, QU - L’Escogriffe
9/27 - Boston, MA - O’Briens Pub
9/28 - Jersey City, NJ - Monty Hall
9/29 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium
9/30 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10/1 - Washington,DC - Comet Ping Pong
10/3 - Nashville, TN - Third Man Records (after party at DRKMTTR)
10/4 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10/7 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
10/8 - Austin, TX - Hot Burrito Fest
10/11 - El Paso, TX - Monarch
10/13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Griffin
10/14-16 - Joshua Tree, CA - Desert Daze Festival
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