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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS SHARE NEW SINGLE “I AM A WAVE”
NEW HEADLINE TOUR DATES (EU, US, MX, AU)
Today, LA mystic-rockers Death Valley Girls share expansive new single “I Am a Wave.” In addition to the song, the band have announced new upcoming tour dates in Europe, the West Coast (US), Mexico, and Australia. Their recently released, critically-acclaimed album Islands In The Sky, came out in February on Suicide Squeeze Records.
On the song, singer Bonnie Bloomgarden offers:
“This song is for anyone that has had a hard time making decisions or following their gut!
I linger in indecision, and get stuck in the muck of options, weighing every single dynamic except “how does this make me feel.” Sometimes it’s from fear of imperfection, but always it’s from self-doubt, not trusting my instinct, or letting my intuition be my guide.
I’ve learned a lot from spiritual people lately. Pagans and witches, calling in the elements. I imagine it’s similar to asking Jesus, a saint, an ancestor, to help for guidance.
For me this song is like a meditation, or a prayer. To become a wave. To not want to turn in, quit, and become small or unseen, but to flow, and grow. Become part of the flow!!
“I am a wave
I grow as I go
I don’t hesitate
I take up space
When I break””
Death Valley Girls, LA’s finest purveyors of otherworldly rock n roll, have left little time between their 2023 LP Islands in the Sky and their rollicking new single, “I Am a Wave.” The band, which consists of Bonnie Bloomgarden (vocals, organ, Wurlitzer), Larry Schemel (guitar), Sarah Linton (bass), and Rikki Styxx (drums), builds off the strength of their critically acclaimed new project while introducing exciting new sonic terrain. Blending prog, shoegaze, pop, and psych-rock elements, the group lands thrillingly in its own world.
Bloomgarden’s vocals push up against walls of guitar, crashing and cascading drums, and a sturdy bassline. The group’s layered voices gives the song a haunted effect, with bold harmonies coming from every direction. Though the vocals are outstanding, Larry Schemel’s various roles as lead guitarist give the song its signature bite. From his Western-inspired introduction melody to a face-melting solo, his versatility is the track’s secret weapon. On the final chorus, all of these dueling parts come together for an ecstatic finale, accented by a perfectly placed tambourine. At just two-and-a-half-minutes, “I Am a Wave” takes on the meaning of its title. It crashes out of speakers, lifting listeners to rock and roll heaven and returning them home before they know what happened.