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The Best New Bands: Rock

Guitar Planet continues to celebrate the thrill of the new by turning our attention to rock. More raucous than indie, less demented than metal, these upstarts are overflowing with adrenaline.

Thursday, 27. June 2013  -  by  David Hayter

Deap Vally

Who Are They: Lindsey Troy (vocals/guitar), Julie Edwards (drums)

Where Are They From: Los Angeles, California

What Do They Sound Like: The primal heirs to The White Stripes’ throne. The Deap Vally aesthetic is simple and sexy as hell: it’s big snarling, minimalistic riffs and pounding drums. Precision is entirely secondary to force. Lindsey Troy is seemingly in competition with her own guitar to see who can howl the most ferociously. Following in Jack White and DFA1979’s footsteps the riffs are simple, animalistic, and incredibly danceable.

Why They Rock: There is nowhere to hide on a Deap Vally record: their sound is spartan and unrelenting. This duo are a welcome reminder that rock’n’roll bands can still be wild and spontaneous – whether that means convincing audience members to strip naked or busting out an impromptu jam, depends entirely on Lindsey and Julie’s whims.

The Essential Track: “I’m Gonna Make My Own Money”

What Next: “Lies” and “End Of The World”

Heaven’s Basement

Who Are They: Aaron Buchanan (vocals), Sid Glover (guitar), Rob ‘Bones’ Ellershaw (bass/guitar), Chris Rivers (drums)

Where Are They From: Kettering, England

What Do They Sound Like: A balls to the wall rock band. Heaven’s Basement are so bombastic and unashamed to be themselves that at times they verge on a leather clad, headband toting cliché. Whether they represent your latest love or a quick laugh, Heaven’s Basement are combining 80s metal grandeur with modern post-hardcore’s straining-at-every-sinew emotional sensibility.

Why They Rock: Quite simply, because they give it their all. They’ll belt out each stadium size chorus, each hair blowing in the wind solo and every blood curdling scream with a straight face and an unshakeable intensity. They might be a little bit silly, but overlook Heaven’s Basement at your peril.

The Essential Track: “Nothing Left To Lose”

What Next: Their long awaited debut album Flithy Empire was released in 2013.

If You Liked Deap Vally and Heaven’s Basement try: Don Broco and Sharks

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