Stand Up by In The Valley Below

In The Valley Below
is a duo comprised of Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail.  The two met in the Hollywood music scene, and their debut album “The Belt” which was released a few months ago shows a great deal of potential.  They share songwriting credits and vocals and the two really mesh together very well.  It’s great to see a musical partnership click like that.  They sound great harmonizing or trading off vocal parts.  For their live performances, the two even utilize a dual iron microphone stand.  They also complete their united front with asimilar stylistic vibe – a traditional contemporary lookwith Jacob wearing a white shirt, dark pants and suspenders and Angela’s vintage white dresses and dark hats.  It’s a different look for a band, and they even use a patchwork quilt design for their album cover.  They definitely have spent some time working on their image.  Their music has a kind of a synth pop sound, with sometraditional influences thrown in, like guitars.  Interestingly enough, when the two recorded their debut album, they had no intention of ever being a touring band.  However, the songs were so well-received that they needed to go play them live.  They’ve toured in the US and Europe, appearing at the Reading and Leeds music festivals in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris and have appeared on David Letterman’s show.  Not only do these two collaborate well on the musical front, they also brew their own beer which they sell on their website (and have a “beer blog” as well on their site).
“Stand Up” is the first song I heard by this band and it immediately caught my attention.  It’s a great pop track, thechorus is so well done the way the music stops and starts, how it provides a release from the tension in the verses, the tinkling synth sound and the heavy percussion.  I also like how the song immediately kicks off with the chorus.  This track shows how well they harmonize together, as well as trading off vocal duty.  I also think it’s cool to see how the group carries off their music live, so I’m including a clip from a performance they did at The Echo in LA.  Sometimes this type of music doesn’t translate as well live, but not in this case.  You can also see how well they sing, their vocals hold up really well.  Plus Jeffrey throws down a little guitar solo that works well in the song, amps it up a bit.

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