Skip to main content

Reyka Osburn of Death Valley High says music is his therapist, best friend and drug pusher

Death Valley High is more than ready to give their fans some new songs. Vocalist Reyka Osburn gave me the 411 on what's to be expected.

1. What type of band are you?

Rey: One of the best responses I've heard is "Doom Pop". Most of the time, any combination of the words: "doom", "punk", "dance" and "core" fit the marquee. I think we're best described as any of those "post" this-or-that movements. Post-Punk or Post-Hardcore, maybe we're Post-Indie... Post-Indie-White-Belts!

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Rey: I started writing music for my former band, TINFED, that was a little unexpected. Instead of re-inventing the band, it was really the best idea to shed the name, unload the baggage and deliver the new sound as Death Valley High.

3. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Rey: Killing Joke to Godflesh to Adam Ant, Noisy bands, and Dancey bands. We want to create an atmosphere musically and visually. If you were to compare us to film; something like Battle Royale set during 28 Days Later while Fight Club was happening wouldn't be too far off.

4. What are your dreams and goals?

Rey: We want to carve our own path. It's the whole "the path less taken" thing. There's no respect or longevity being followers. We want to be pioneers.

5. Who writes the songs, what are they about?

Rey: I write the songs... they tend to reflect several degrees of horror. It strikes me as having this very *human* appeal. You can draw similarities of survival, in horror contexts, to daily survival. Every day, every job, every relationship bare some HORRIFIC challenges.

6. How do you promote your band and shows?

Rey: Normal tactics but using the guerilla style: posters, flyers, online networking... ground level stuff. We just hit it like our very lives depended on it.

7. Describe your show, visual and musically.

Rey: Our shows are like a wall of cacophony, sonics, and battery. The stage (if there is one) becomes this sort of cathartic playground. We know what WE wanna see, so we try and bring it our show. It’s one of those shows that’s got to have it all, the lights, violence, and action, it being full throttle all the way!

8. What's your outlook on the record industry today?

Rey: We're witnessing a tsunami size change, turning things upside down and shaking it out. I'm interested to watch this dramatic shift in things. I'm happy to see that fans will dictate what goes in our ears and not some industry fucktards who have been manipulating what we listen to for the past several years.

9. Tell us a story about a day in your life.

Rey: Coffee, water, skateboards, horror, comedy, alcohol. Normally spread apart by band stuff.

10. What inspires you to do what you do?

Rey: Nothing in the universe completes me like music, music and film, and the arts definitely do it for me. If I can't do something important with music/art in this lifetime, I truly don't think it'd be worth living.

11. What advice would you give to fellow bands?

Rey: Everyone has their own opinions about how to MAKE it in a band. There's no formula. Time and place is EVERYTHING in this business. Never listen to just anyone's advice. Practice your brains out. Make music you FEEL and deliver it like it was the very last time you would... Never give in. Then quit what you're trying to do and get on to some DOOM PUNK DANCE CORE!

12. How does music affect you and the world around you?

Rey: It's my therapist, best friend and drug pusher.

13. What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs/venues?

Rey: Performing is like medicine to our disease. The opportunity to kill it, or break rules trying to, is the best part. The worst part is the dirty bathrooms!

14. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

Rey: We're playing West Coast shows to promote our newest record, "Doom, In Full Bloom". AND honestly, even if you don't like our music - we go the extra mile to bring the smiles. If we don't make you smile somewhere in the set... you're one hard cookie to break.

15. Any last words?

Rey: I'll quote Battle Royale... "So today's lesson is... you kill each other off 'til there's only one left. Nothing's against the rules." See ya soon!




About the Author


Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications.

Bookmark and Share

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

2017 EXXXOTICA Expo Dates and Locations Announced

Riding high off its most successful event to date in Edison, New Jersey, the EXXXOTICA Expo presented by MyFreeCams is already looking forward to 2017 with a trio of events planned around the country. In addition to its longstanding shows in Chicago and New Jersey, the show’s producers are pinning a new city on its map — Denver, Colorado for EXXXOTICA Mile High.


EXXXOTICA’s debut in the Rocky Mountains has been in the works for years, and event organizers couldn’t be more excited to bring the show to Denver. The 2017 show schedule kicks off in grand style with EXXXOTICA Mile High, March 31 through April 2, 2017. The show will be taking place as a full hotel takeover at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.
With nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibition and breakout space, EXXXOTICA Mile High will not only feature hundreds of exhibitors and the top stars in adult, as well as seminars and performers, but the hotel will be transformed into the hottest hotel in the country wi…

BEAUTIFUL RIGHTS Gives Women’s Rights Some Real Lip Service

Beautiful Rights is here to give women’s rights some real lip service. This new, cause-driven makeup initiative, founded by renowned makeup artist and product developer, Kristen Therese Leonard, was created to ensure that women’s rights continue to be given their share of voice in our country’s future.

As we enter into 2017, real concerns regarding women’s rights are upon us. Beautiful Rights was created to remind every woman to speak up, and that the responsibility lies within each of us to protect the rights we’ve fought so hard to acquire.

Beautiful Rights will promote women’s rights by donating 20% of all sales (not profits) to organizations that support our causes, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Emily’s List, Lambda Legal and Legal Momentum. The 20% contribution is set as a reminder of the fact that women in the U.S. still get paid 20% less than men for doing the same work.

Not only will Beautiful Rights fuel great initiatives, it will also provide women with top-of-line…

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale Releases March 9, 2017

Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the nationwide release of the highly anticipated feature film Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will take place on March 9, 2017. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at a later date on the official homepage (www.sao-movie.net/us). Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
About Sword Art Online: The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.”
Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.
Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -O…

Summer Survival: Pick the Most Breathable Fabrics

Summer is inching closer, and while we're all psyched for the perpetually warm weather ahead after a tough winter, pretty soon it's inevitable that the heat, humidity and summer sun will leave us feeling, well, less than fresh.

Chrissy Volk, wardrobe consultant for Adahlia Volk has put together a cheat-sheet for navigating through the best, most breatheable fabrics for the season. Who ever looks at clothing "ingredient" listings on the tag - well, this season think of it as your guide to "cool."

SUMMER FABRIC "INGREDIENTS"

DENIM
COTTON + STRETCH = CUTE BUTT: Cotton jeans are the lightest for summer because they are airy and breathable, however, jeans with a small content of stretch are the most flattering. They will move with your body and it’s movements.BEST DENIM BLENDS: Chrissy suggests denim with a high cotton content, and small synthetic content. A jean with either a 98% cotton/2% lycra or 96 % cotton/4% Lycra fabric, is a good combination. J…

Book Review: "Feel Me Fall" by James Morris

Survival, suspense, fear, love, death and a major plot twist are a few key themes that describe the brand new Young Adult novel, Feel Me Fall, by James Morris. Having read two of his previous books, including Melophobiaand What Lies Within, he definitely succeeds at taking you on a crazy adventure where you can't stop reading as you'll want to find out what happens next. The first few chapters of Feel Me Fall are reminiscent of the classic book, Lord of the Flies, the TV show "LOST," and even the Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away, where a plane crash in a remote area forces survivor(s) to fend for themselves away from modern day luxuries and civilization. One of the major differences is that Feel Me Fall is centered around high school students, where their teen issues collide with primal survival instincts. 
Unlike Lord of the Flies, which was written in 1957, Feel Me Fall gives a glimpse of today's world where parents and teens dabble in video games, things go viral on …