Sky Valley Mistress - You Got Nothin'
Zeppelin, The Stooges and Kyuss are obvious comparisons, but their dirty blues rock is so much more
Words: Phil Weller
Darwen's fuzz fiends Sky Valley Mistress are back with a feisty new single that’s fizzing with energy and grit. You Got Nothin' is the first track to drop from a two part EP that, due for release later this year, has been tipped by Rolling Stone as "the 21st century's answer to Led Zeppelin II". Alongside that weighty claim, the band have boisterously added that the two EPs will together have so much power between them that they could supply over half our planet with energy until 2020. There's been superlatives and hype aplenty around its release, as we've come to expect from a band so cocksure as Sky Valley Mistress and yet again the four piece have shown us that it isn't just hyperbole.
You Got Nothin' is rolling heavy blues tune marked, as ever, with Kayley Davies' mean attitude sharp tongued lyricisms - "your only mark on the world will he a hole in the ground." Yet, while it is easy to draw comparisons to Led Zeppelin and The Stooges, it's everything else the band brings to the table that makes them stand out from the ever growing horde of classic rock revivalists.
The gritty pentatonic melodies of the songs early sections see it storm into life with hip-shaking swagger, but all that makes way for a sun baked interlude that pulls the song towards an unexpected plot twist. Here, their love of Kyuss and QOTSA shines through, no double helped by their work with Eagles of Death Metal man Dave Catching. Suddenly they feel as dreamy as they do dark, toying brilliantly with dynamics until all that’s left is a whispering vocal refrain and a gentle tapping of drumsticks.
Sky Valley Mistress are a no frills, foot-to-the-floor rock n’ roll band making the blues as dirty, devilish and divine as it ever needs to be. Nothing more, nothing less and You Got Nothin’ is yet another slice of attitude twisted rock music for us to savour.