Montreal-based indie rocker Danielle Duval has just released a new music video for Ambulance, one of the highlights on her debut, Of the Valley. The 911 emergency call that is heartbreak is at the center of the video. As Danielle serenades the patient, some questions come to mind. Do you need a xylophone to perform a heart transplant? What happens when a speeding ambulance gets a flat tire with the patient in the back?
Delivered by a magnetically gutsy voice; the music is old school, harmony driven pop, mixed with an early rock n roll sensibility. The live band delivers music that is at times dreamily melodic and at others driven to feverish crescendos, all within the same track. An encapsulation of style and grit that harkens back to the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Jett, we hereby present you with a whole new approach that redefines the explosive girl rock era that took the world by storm and surprise in the 70s and 80s. DUVAL rips her Tele axe, sings from the deep depths, and composes melodic songs with artful lyrics that leave her audience with a story told.
DUVAL hit Toronto with the launch of her debut ep, Ltranger, featuring the track "You're The One That I Want" which aired on David Duchovnys cult TV series Californication (Showtime/The Movie Network). DUVALs heart-wrenching, slow-burn blues transformation of Greases bubble gum pop tune, also made it onto the shows officially released soundtrack.
DUVAL then set aside her own penchant for recording and production to join forces with Zeus. Followed by an epic lone road trip through the Mojave Desert, and a brief sojourn in Joshua Tree, California, DUVAL was scouted to break new ground in the studio with Carlin Nicholson and Mike OBrien of Zeus (Arts&Crafts) at the production helm. The recording resulting in exciting musical contributions from The Golden Dogs, Bahamas, and a duet with Broken Social Scenes Jason Collett.
DUVALs raw, emotive voice and undeniable talent have also been recognized and utilized by several Canadian Heavyweight Champs. She recently lent her pipes to an Emm Gryner production, sang on Bootleg Saint and The Resistance off Sam Roberts Chemical City, Jason Colletts Bitch City, and worked on her previous recordings with Canadian Pride; Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) and Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies).
Many great stages have been home to DUVAL and her band. They recently delivered an incredible residency at Torontos hipster bar The Piston with local heroes Sam Cash (the name speaks for itself), and louCanon (produced by Hayden). Amazing times have also been had at Torontos Mod Club with Zeus and Matt Murphy (Superfriendz), Jason Colletts Dakota Basement Review, The Horseshoe, Hillside, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, New Music West, and Pop Montreal. The new sound will getcha.