Death Valley Girls came to fruition in 2013 after frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel created their otherworldly vision of surfy doom rock, complete with astral visions that stemmed from Bloomgarden’s prior time spent at a mental institution and reading about alien conspiracy theories. Now a quartet, the band released their sophomore album Glow in the Dark in June of this year and have taken their hometown of Los Angeles by storm. Bloomgarden fervently stands by likens being in a band to being in a gang — “it’s a collective and we are all psychically linked and thus would defend each others’ honor ’til the death,” she states. Death Valley Girls’ recent music video for “Disco” was directed by Kansas Bowling, a cosmic encounter due to Bowling’s Troma film, BC Butcher. “We had written a song dedicated to Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, and when we found out they were going steady we thought it only made sense to work with our new favorite director and L.A. living legend”, says Bloomgarden.
Death Valley Girls have already embarked on their fall tour for Glow in the Dark, continuing through the south to finally arrive back in California on October 14th for Desert Daze Festival taking place at Joshua Tree. Bloomgarden recalls their fair share of odd mishaps while on the road, including staying at a motel during SXSW earlier this year that didn’t even exist. “The [motel] we were meant to stay in had closed down and had all the signs removed, but in the lobby a lady pretended to look in the computer and miraculously found our names even though that’s wasn’t possible. The beds were turned over, rugs pulled up halfway in some cases […] On the second night we were escorted by a man in a “uniform” that spelled RANGER in different letters on the back. He kept his hand on a gun, and told us he needed to follow us back to our room as there had been a major drug deal the week before and he was still involved in some sort of stake out. He was sweating and seemed frightened as he told us he had been watching us all night through binoculars. He ended up not killing us somehow but we decided not to stay there again.”
Be sure to catch Death Valley Girls play Hotel Vegas in Austin, TX on Saturday, October 8th! The venue will be hosting an all out dream-pop weekend with acts like Ringo Deathstarr, Cosmonauts, Typical Girls and more on the two night lineup. Click here to RSVP and for more information.
Trish Connelly is the Austin-based guru who does booking and promoting at Cheer Up Charlies under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and plan a show or event in town. She’s an expert with mixtapes (for all musicians out there you’ll want to send her your stuff!), and making connections with the cool kids. She may have a tad obsession with comics and Corgies, but she keeps it under control. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.