Deap Valley, the primal American garage rock duo, have announced the release of a new EP, American Cockroach. The first taste of the new release is ‘Give Me a Reason’, a psychedelic and paired back keyboard ballad.
Usually a bluesier and harder-edged group, Deep Valley have previously been more indebted to, say, The Black Keys than what ‘Give Me a Sign’ would indicate.
The sound might have changed, but the subject matter that’s been the band’s bread and butter certainly hasn’t. “American Cockroach is a collection of songs we’ve been working on for a while, including collaborations with Jennie Vee and Ayse Hassan, that run the gamut from deeply personal, to outright satire and everything in between,” the band said in a press release announcing the upcoming EP. “These are songs for the underdog, the outlaw, the defeated, for days when you feel like no one understands you or you can’t do anything right.”
It’s always a good sign when an artist branches out past their initial sound into new sonic territories, even if it’s a little bittersweet to hear. Deap Valley were a down and dirty rock and roll band, and were damn good at it too. ‘Give Me a Sign’ isn’t just a 180-degree turn: it’s like being dropped off on a different planet compared to their past work.
Still, ‘Give Me a Sign’ is a good song, and it might be the deepest cut from an album that could possibly still retain the sound we’ve come to know and love from the duo. The Strokes did the same thing when they released ‘At The Door’ and we all thought The New Abnormal was going to be Comedown Machine Pt. II. It’s the single-release fake out. I’d love to hear some more hard rock songs on American Cockroach, but if ‘Give Me a Sign’ indicates a new direction, it’s certainly not a bad sound to embrace.
Check out the video for ‘Give Me a Sign’ down below. American Cockroach is set for a June 18th release.