DEATH VALLEY HIGH
FOR FANS OF: MARILYN MANSON, KORN, NINE INCH NAILS
SOUNDS MORE LIKE A TV SERIES THAN A BAND…
You’re not wrong there.and it’s intentional – this North Californian quartet are on a mission to flip the squeaky-clean bubblegum kitsch of American high school culture on its head. “It stemmed from a novel series called Sweet Valley High, which ended up becoming a TV show,” says frontman Reyka Osburn, who formed the industrial rockers a decade ago, not long after guesting on Deftones’ self-titled album track Luckyyou.“we like to play on that academy connection with our aesthetics. We don’t go overboard with costumes, but it’s good to bring that look onto the stage.”
THEIR NEW ALBUM CVLT (AS FVK) HAS A PRETTY STRIKING COVER. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Two girls linking arms, bright wigs and a burning skull. Hmm, this should be interesting… “The concept ties in with the underside of something like Sweet Valley High,” explains Reyka.“the books revolved around twins: one being more serious, the other being a loose cannon – which is where we come from musically and lyrically.we’re trying to be over-dramatic because we’re all a bit tongue-in-cheek
“WE’RE DEFINITELY A HORRORTHEMED BAND”
about life. Hopefully it becomes more thought-provoking as you get into it.”
WHAT KIND OF BANDS DO THEY SOUND LIKE, THEN?
There’s definitely more than a whiff of the ’90s to them, reminiscent of a time when White Zombie and Marilyn Manson were building their own Frankenstein’s monsters out of man and machine.“there are a bunch of death rock and gothic influences – but in my head, we sound like the Cocteau Twins,” grins the frontman.“our dream tour would be with Lady Gaga – I’m a huge fan. Obviously, we’d love to tour with Rob Zombie, too!”
THEY DEFINITELY LOOK LIKE THE KIND OF BAND THAT SHOULD BE OPENING UP FOR MR. ZOMBIE…
Just wait ’til you see their latest video Ick Switch – which has some old geezer
licking his lips while dangling human body parts.“we’re definitely a horror-themed band,” nods Reyka.“i love the Japanese movies that show a poetic side to horror – like Ringu.there’s also a movie called The Host that was made in South Korea, with this Godzilla-throwback type of sea monster with a massive tail that could grab you. It had a comedy element to it, too, in a twisted way.a bit like us…”
(L – R:) Adam Bannister (drums), Reyka Osburn (vocals), Daniel Ka$$hu (guitar), Huffy Hafera (bass)