Deap Vally, ‘Smile More’ – NME Basement Sessions

The ferocious LA rock duo recently stopped by NME’s studios for an exclusive and intimate live session – here’s their performance of ‘Smile More’, taken from their second album ‘Femejism’.

LA rock duo Deap Vally – who comprise of Lindsey Troy (guitar/ lead vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums and vocals) – don’t phone in performances: every time they take to the stage, you can be sure of a fierce, committed and powerful experience. And, true to form, the band displayed the ethos that has served them so well for over five years when they became the latest act to play an NME Basement Session.

Troy and Edwards first burst onto the scene with their explosive 2012 debut single, ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’, which got heads turning through its searing energy and crunchy, foot-tapping riffs.

The pair doubled up on that early promise by then proceeding to smash festivals the world over, with a particularly notable set at Glastonbury in 2013 sticking in the memory. That same year Deap Vally released their acclaimed debut album ‘Sistrionix’, which we praised for its “wicked humour, righteous anger and massive riffs.”


After a three-year gap between albums, Deap Vally returned this year with their second LP, ‘Femejism’, which demonstrated further their penchant for loud and scuzzy rock’n’roll greatness.

The dynamic duo dropped by NME’s basement studios recently to perform the fierce ‘Smile More’, which you can watch above – make sure you turn it up to 11.