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Desert Daze: We Asked DIIV, Deap Vally, White Lung, and Chelsea Wolfe Questions Like "How Would You Like to Die?"

Them, plus a bunch of other bands like Warpaint, play the Desert Daze Festival this May.

by Noisey Staff
Apr 23 2015, 4:13pm

This year marks the fourth annual Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, California. Taking place on May 2, just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, this year’s lineup features Warpaint, Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe, DIIV, White Lung, Deap Vally, Psychic Ills, Dan Deacon, and many, many more. True, festivals can be a total nightmare drag—porta potties stewing in the sun, drunk kids running around like sheep, an assault of overpriced food that will probably give you the shits, and dirt and dust, and dirt, dirt, dirt. But that's just a cynic's standpoint. Really, standing next to smelly people in a field is a small price to day for an entire day of sweet, sweet music, and this year's Desert Daze lineup has some real treats so we asked some of our favorite acts performing some stupid questions about death, sewing human flesh onto their faces, and sex.

DEAP VALLY


Gnarly rock duo and two of Los Angeles’ most fabulous drivers (apparently).

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
Julie:
Overwhelming prevalence of what is now called EDM.

Lindsey: Bands playing to pre-recorded tracks. Does it really need to sound exactly like the record? It's supposed to be a live show, not karaoke. Also, iPhones: the sea of iPhones in the air. I think we all secretly hate it, even when we're doing it ourselves.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
Julie:
Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Lindsey: Banksy, at his studio.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life?
Julie:
NIN - The Downward Spiral, Beatles - The White Album, Funkadelic - Maggot Brain.

Lindsey: John Lennon - Plastic Ono band, Nina Simone - The Very Best of Nina Simone (because a 'best of' album is clearly the best way to milk the situation), and Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine, the Jon Brion version.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
Julie:
Beyoncé. Who wouldn't?

Lindsey: James Franco, so I could masturbate while I looked in the mirror.

How do you want to die?
Julie:
Botched pedicure.

Lindsey: Riding a dolphin.

DIIV



Notorious New York shoegaze outfit whose sophomore album is almost as greatly anticipated as gossip about their singer’s personal life.

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
Foot chains. It's enough that people are wearing ugly sandals all around but adding glimmer down there to attract a glance is unfair.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
Aubrey Peebles on the set of Sharknado.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life?
This is a hard question but off the top of my head and going for versatile moods: Christian Death - Only Theatre Of Pain, Dr. Dre - The Chronic, and The Beatles - Revolver, but none of these are necessarily my favorite album of all time.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
Ryan Hemsworth. He's a good looking guy so I'd be able to live with. Not sure if I'm tall enough to make it work though…

How do you want to die?
I want someone to slip an asp into my bed while I’m sleeping. It’s how the Egyptians used to execute noble criminals. It’s supposed to be a very painless death since the poison just lulls you into a drifting sleep.

MINI MANSIONS


A trio of men from various bands you may have heard of before (QOTSA, Spinnerette), we described a recent song of theirs as “a serpentine, synth-assisted psych-pop groove.” Formed and faming in Los Angeles.

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
Backing tracks because they are music festivals not computer labs. I think it would be for the great good of live music.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
Probably Marilyn Monroe or young kind of sober Etta James.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life…?
Figure 8, Revolver, and Exile on Main St.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
Tupac, to validate the rumors.

How do you want to die?
While having sex with Marilyn Monroe.

JJUUJJUU

Los Angeles duo working hard to break your brain—a.k.a. they are prone to mind-melting psych-wig outs.

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
JJUUJJUU’s Phil Pironne:
EDM… the sonic assault.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
My wife, Julie Edwards (Deap Vally) anywhere.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life?
Tinariwen - Water is Life, Led Zeppelin II, Funkadelic - Maggot Brain.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
Julie Edwards, because I want that face on my face.

How do you want to die?
Natural causes.


CHELSEA WOLFE



The dark mistress of the California mountains. Her new album The Abyss drops from heaven in a few short months.

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
The headdress issue.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
Æon Flux; her place.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life...?
Hank Williams - Gold, Wardruna - Yggdrasil, Wardruna - Gap Var Ginnunga.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
The Ghost of Divine.

How do you want to die?
You know I can’t answer that!


WHITE LUNG

A quartet playing pop at the speed of hardcore. (Don’t tell anyone.)

What trends need to die at music festivals and why?
Mish Way:
People who piss all over the toilet seats.

If you could have sex with anyone famous who would it be and where?
Waylon Jennings, 1966, in the water somewhere glamorous.

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life?
Muddy Waters - Electric Mud, Fleetwood Mac - Tusk and Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Safe As Milk.

You are forced to have another musician's face sewn onto your face for life, whose is it and why?
Jade Blade of the Dishrags circa 1979 with Kelly Johnson of Girlschool’s hair circa 1980 (RIP).

How do you want to die?
Mid-sentence, wearing my mink fur, drunk on tequila and old as dirt.