Deap Vally Brings Your Summer Feminist Anthem

by Katherine Barner

Every gal needs a go-to badass feminist song as a soundtrack to her life. We found your summer anthem in Deap Vally’s “Smile More,” a self-titled “f*ck you anthem” from its up and coming album FEMEJISM. The rock/blues duo, made of singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards, just dropped a video for “Smile More,” a documentary style of L.A. neighborhoods with a central message that Deap Vally is having none of the ageism/sexism/slut-viewing views of society.

“Smile More” is wonderfully relatable. Troy croons, “Stranger in the bar tells me to smile more/ I look at him and ask what for/ I am happily un-happy, man/ And no, I don’t want to shake your hand.” We have all felt this.

She then goes on to list the things she is not (and should not!) be ashamed of: her mental state, body weight, rage, age, sex life, and not being married.  A f*ck you anthem, indeed!

Keep an eye out for FEMEJISM; it’ll be released on September 16 of this year. Deap Vally will also support Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above 1979 on tour this coming fall across the U.S.

Deap Vally 2016 tour dates:

7/23 – Sheffield, UK – Tramlines

7/25 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

7/26 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day

7/28 – London, UK – Boston Music Rooms

7/29 – Matlock, UK – Y Not? Festival

10/11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues *

10/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth *

10/16 – Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze

10/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden *

10/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot *

10/20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO *

10/21 – Portland, OR – Roseland *

10/22 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic *

10/28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues *

10/29 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre *

11/1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues *

11/2 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater *

11/3 – Houston, TX – House of Blues *

11/5 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

11/7 – Philadelphia, PA – Fillmore *

11/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *

11/11 – Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore*

* = w/ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Death From Above 1979

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