DEATH VAL­LEY HIGH

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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)

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