September 16 2016 (Nevado Records/Cooking Vinyl)
Words: Alison Mack
The LA sludge rock duo Deap Vally fill out a long player's worth of nine rock’n’roll aural beverages on 'Femejism', and although it may not exactly reap the same impact as their 'Sistrionix' debut three years ago, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards still manage to exude enough enthusiasm to keep us listening.
Opener 'Royal Jelly' supplies four-minutes of bold and defiant fuzzy guitar, although 'Gonnawanna' undoubtedly shows off the album - which was produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist Nick Zinner - in its best light in this psych/garage exuberance; while the relaxed, reverbed guitars and wry lyricism on 'Critic' that flicks finger at the trolls of social media, the “fucking critics” who “talk shit", provides a downtempo midpoint break. The trippy ‘Post Funk’ sends out searing vocals against Edwards' drums and spiky guitar, while 'Grunge Bond' does much as what you might expect from it's title.
The first half of the album works better than its latter tracks, but 'Femejism' is still a gritty record of riot grrl persuasion.