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Watching Deap Vally play does feel a little bit like watching something private. Their stage presence is compellingly unfettered. First, there’s the fact that they’re just a duo—at times it seems impossible that the walls of sound they create are emanating from two girls in cut-off shorts and fringed bra crop tops. Then there’s the easy way they feed off each other’s energy, improvising as though they are alone somewhere jamming.

“I think it would be impure if there was a guy in the group—because that’s not what this is about. This is about a woman’s point of view. This is truly about what we’re creating and what we believe as women working in this genre, in this form,” Edwards said.

The now infamous story of how the two met—through a crocheting class in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood—is the final, feminine stitch in a story about two blues-loving women rockers who work in a historically male-dominated genre. After their initial meeting, Edwards and Troy quickly felt a strong bond of friendship, which translated into a musical partnership shortly after that.

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