Lindsey Troy

Lindsey Troy: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Acoustic, Blues & Soul, Rock

Sound description: Indie folk rock.

RIYL: Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Jewel, Sheryl Crow

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Inception: San Diego, 2002

Current Status: Playing, touring, and recording with Deap Vally.

Influences: Elliott Smith, the Shins, Aimee Mann, the Smiths, Tori Amos, the Beatles, Jewel, Tristan Prettyman, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, Cathryn Beeks, Rufus Wainwright, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Nick Drake, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice, Jim Croce, Cat Power, Anna Troy, Bowie, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Nirvana, XTC


"We were signed to Elektra on my 15th birthday, but the record was never released," says Lindsey Troy of the album she and her sister Anna recorded as the Troys in 2002. "They kept pushing the release date back, and they didn't do what they had promised, which was to make a window of time where they would only promote our single. Instead, they were pushing a bunch of different singles to radio stations at the same time, including Missy Elliott's. I think there was a lot of turmoil within the label because they were on the verge of folding into Atlantic.

"Pretty much everyone who originally worked at the label when we were signed lost their jobs when Elektra folded," she says. "I believe Elektra still owns all of the recordings that they paid for. We don't have the masters, but we do have a copy of the album, which is nice for memories and whatnot. Elektra owns the recordings but not the songs, so, theoretically, if we ever wanted to, we could sell those songs to someone else."

Anna Troy released her debut album, Ain't No Man, in August 2006. Lindsey Troy's first solo EP, Bruises, came out in December 2006, with a release party at Lestat's. She says neither sister regrets their album as a duo going unheard. "Anna and I were getting older and couldn't really relate to those songs anymore."

After moving to Los Angeles, Lindsey teamed up with Pity Party drummer-singer Julie Edwards to form Deap Vally in 2011. Their blend of garage rock and blues riffing found favor on virtually all the tastemaker blogs, beginning with their 2013 major label full-length Sistrionix and continuing through their not-so-major-label sophomore release Femejism, produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and recorded while both women moonlighted as bassist for other bands (Troy with White Lung and Edwards with JJUUJJUU).

They’ve had more success in the UK than the US, having made their London debut the same month their debut single “Gonna Make My Own Money” dropped. By 2012, they were playing England’s Leeds and Reading Festival, as well as appearing at a BBC Radio Rocks Week concert and having one of their singles declared Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1. Touring with British headliners such as Muse and the Vaccines further built their overseas fan base.


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