The Midweekly – Death Valley Girls

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

As if the high winds of the desert have blown through the windows of filthy lube shop, grit and grease have found their own way into every crevice of this record. Aptly titled Street Venom by the aptly named Death Valley Girls, this is the 2021 deluxe re-release of their debut from seven years ago. With scorching intensity DVG grind out a garage rock sound that harkens back to the days of the genre’s origin, but with a harder, more modern punk engine driving the writing style. For a few moments on the record the whirlwind settles down a bit into psychedelic tinged slow jams. It all conjures images of a hot rod burning down the straight away stretch of an arid landscape, or a scorpion crawling up your leg. Fuzzed up riffs and hammered out beats coming from one direction. Parched vocals from another. Wailing verses of paranoia, and self-loathing, satirical choruses about female submission, or the longing for being locked up. This southern California group will kick sand in your face, put a stinger up your ass, and have a good time doing it.

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