Death Valley Girls – “Hold My Hand”


There’s a raucous spirit that inhabits the first single from the upcoming Death Valley Girls’ LP. Nailed to whatever ghosts used to inhabit the garage barrage of a few years back, DVG take the best elements of that California crunch and make the jump to an untethered fuzz pop that’s pulling at a hip-swung rhythmic pulse. They’re able to funnel the cracked window crush that flew through blurred psych-pop divining rods like Crocodiles and soul-soaked party poppers like Shannon and the Clams alike. With a swaying organ and ten-foot tall riffs the song isn’t short on impact, but its the shout-along vocals that make it feel like an anthem in a time when its hard to get the motivation to move, let alone dance. And as far as pandemic prepped videos go, this one’s got my vote for style. Its been a struggle to avoid the band members in isolation feeling, but the barrage of paintings that populate the screen reach out like handmade cards catapulted into consciousness from afar. The band’s new record, Under The Spell of Joy lands October 2nd on Suicide Squeeze.

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