In The Valley Below opened for The Airborne Toxic Event for night two of their three night residency at the Fillmore. They took the stage channeling Florence and the Machine with a mellow, although slightly underwhelming, performance.
The band was founded in 2011 in Los Angeles, and is made up of four members: Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob on vocals, Jeremy Grant on keyboard, and Joshua Clair on drums. Their most popular song “Peaches,” a slower harmonized tune, garnered almost half a million hits on YouTube when it came out this past summer. The band’s sound is reminiscent of a mix between the Cults and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a dash of the Little Green Cars thrown in.
They began the set with one of their more upbeat songs, “Stand Up,” in an attempt to energize the crowd. Unfortunately, the zombie-like movements and emotionless faces of the band didn’t encourage anything more than some slow swaying and head nods from the audience.
However, the performance was not completely void of feelings. The chemistry between Gail and Jacob was palpable, with sidelong glances exchanged throughout the show. During the slower songs, Gail even rested her head on Jacob’s shoulder as they sang together, prompting an excited “Aw” from the more tenderhearted fans in the audience.
The vocals were decent, although at times the harmonizing detracted from the singers’ individual voices, but the guitar added a catchy melody to the songs with a nice bouncing beat. During “Searching for a Devil,” Gail grabbed a string of chains, dramatically adding an alternative percussive sound for an extra punch.
The set ended with “Neverminders,” a live-while-we’re-young song with an upbeat chorus and catchy melody, which successfully ended the show on a positive note.
Although the performance was not perfect, and lacked some connection with the audience, In The Valley Below is bursting with potential. Not only do they have the couple dynamic, always a crowd favorite, but they have catchy songs, talented members, and a style that will soon enough be made their own. Although not yet comparable to The Airborne Toxic Event, with a few improvements they could easily move from “the valley below” up to the top of the charts.
Photos by Janel Kajisa / Staff