We’ve only been waiting a little over two years with bated breath for “Darkness Rains“, the third release from California’s Death Valley Girls; anxious only because after the promise of 2014’s “Street Venom” and the astounding “Glow in the Dark” back in 2016, it seemed like it could be a tall order to move the dial.
Well it may be a cliché to say a band is evolving, finding themselves, maturing if you will, but “Darkness Rains” finds DVG reaching another level.
The third album can be a difficult hurdle for an artist; it’s the record where they discover what they are made of often writing from a clean slate. Just as Led Zeppelin’s third album or The Clash with “London Calling” found the iconic bands hitting their stride, “Darkness Rains” hits the target for DVG.
The ten tracks here showcase a band that has a shitload of confidence in their writing and sound, shedding a touch of the fuzzy garage rawness of “Glow in the Dark” for a tighter, leaner more glammed out Stooges-proto-metal hell-spawn type of rock and roll.
Psychedelic haze, giant arena rock riffs, scuzzed-out wah-wah solos from Larry Schemel litter practically every song, with vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden’s banshee wail leading wicked sing-along choruses. Bassist Alana Amram and drummer Laura Harris combine for a gut punch of a rhythm section.
It’s gothic, it’s psychedelic, it’s hypnotic, it’s rock and roll. “Darkness Rains” is an omnipotent force and Death Valley Girls are on the cusp of something big.
Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
Riverside, CA @ Aurea Vista
Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
@ Yucca Tap Room
Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Dallas, TX @ Regal Room
Norman, OK @ Opolis
Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
New York, NY @ Knockdown Center, Haunted Hop
New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester
Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Chico, CA @ Duffy’s
Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Seattle, WA @ Freakout Festival
Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks
San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop