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Deap Vally

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  • The Velveteers
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EVOL @ Invisible Wind Factory

Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory is certainly an impressive location and, as one of the newest creative spaces in the city, it looks set to firmly establish itself as a favourite on the local music gigging circuit. And the new gig season kicks off in fine style as LA power-duo DEAP VALLY arrive to wreak their own particular brand of sonic mayhem upon an adoring audience with an inspiring, intoxicating and enthralling performance.

Local quintet INDIGO MOON have been steadily making a name for themselves over the past year, and they take up the challenge of the ‘difficult opening slot’ with style, swagger and vigour. There is a tendency amongst the regional music press to somewhat overstate the ability of local artists, often employing unjustified hyperbole based, it would seem, purely on their postcode, but anybody who has watched Indigo Moon’s development cannot fail to be impressed by their continuing evolution. It’s an action-packed performance in which lead singer Ashley Colley exudes real star quality – she also has the added benefit of having the sort of stadia-filling voice that could stop traffic.

Before the main event, Denver two-piece brother-sister duo THE VELVETEERS led by 19-year-old Demi Demitro warm up the audience with a compelling display of muscular guitar riffs, hell-for-leather drumming and Demitro’s soaring, blues-soaked vocals. They are a band we’d suggest have big things ahead of them, if they can replicate this sort of commanding and gripping performance in the future.

Deap Vally have already built up a solid fan base in Liverpool due to incendiary performances at The Shipping Forecast and Arts Club over the last few years, and their latest album Femejism, co-produced with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, is arguably their finest work to date. It’s also an album that sees the duo push themselves both sonically and lyrically to another level and this is particularly evident in their live performance. The pair exude a frenetic energy and visceral power that mesmerises the crowd. Guitarist Lindsey Troy owns the stage, pacing up and down, crowd-surfing and pirouetting whilst tearing distorted sonic thunderbolts from her guitar that reverberate around the walls of The Invisible Wind Factory.

There are choice cuts from their debut album Sistronix in the shape of Bad For My Body and End Of The World mixed with new tunes from Femejism, such as the rip-roaring Royal Jelly, Smile More and Litte Baby Beauty Queen, which all sound even bolder and more empowering in the live setting. Troy’s brutal, ear-shredding Zepplin-esque riffs combine with Julie Edwards’ creative drum patterns to forge a monolithic wall of sound that is powerful, uplifting and euphoric. At times it is hard to believe that just two people could make such a glorious life-affirming racket.

There’s absolutely no let-up in intensity as the duo play with barely a pause for breath across an epic 70-minute set. After they complete a three-song encore, you only have to listen to the rapturous applause and observe the huge grins on the faces of the audience to realise that this had been one of those extra-special nights that will live long in the memory. A near-perfect gig from a band that Liverpool has clearly taken to its heart.

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