The Echo & Nylon Present
In The Valley Below, MT. OSSA
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Wildcat! Wildcat! go way back…oh, let’s say fifteen years. Lead singers Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson and drummer Jesse Carmichael all share more than a few strong common bonds…a propensity for making music being the obvious. Over the span of years the guys have played together in one fashion or another, but didn’t delve into this project until 2011, when it just felt like time. Ever since, they’ve been meeting weekly at their Downtown LA recording studio/loft space, popping PBR tabs, and creating that indulgent indie/electro/pop/sexybeats you hear today.
“Wildcat! Wildcat! has their name wrong. It should be Wildfire! Wildfire!, because that’s how quickly the Los Angeles trio’s first two singles have spread across the Internet. The pop concoctions of Jesse Taylor, Michael Wilson and Jesse Carmichael fall squarely onto the plate of today’s now-fashionable indie R&B — lush melodies, falsetto vocals, arching harmonies, all done produced with admirable restraint. There’s nothing minimalist about the emotional uplift of their two singles, though…” – BuzzBands.LA
“It was their Royal Tenenbaums-inspired calling card and flawless aesthetic that first caught our eye, but it wasn’t long before the trio’s technicolor serendipity pop had us hook, line and sinker…Wildcat create a bristling soundscape like no other. Multi-tiered synths build up and crumble like sovereign empires, with smoke breaks in between to recharge the self-destructive cycle, flawless production leaving the whole affair shining resplendently throughout.” – Neon Gold
In The Valley Below
He’s from Memphis, equally steeped in Link Wray and Phil Collins. She’s a small town girl from a “mostly cold and cloudy town in Michigan”, who found her songwriting inspiration while living on a sailboat in the West Indies. Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles, playing guitar and bass, respectively, in a fuzz-box rock band, but the seeds of In the Valley Below were planted one night at SXSW, when they realized there was something special in the passion and chemistry they shared on-stage.
Vocalist Angela Gail puts it frankly: In The Valley Below make “mostly music that we would want to listen to.” The duo’s debut recordings are equal parts atmospheric and gauzy, with sharp hooks and sing-along choruses, inspired by faithful archetypes and dealing with powerful subjects like sex, crime and religion, as on the first single, “Peaches,” a celebration of mutual attraction and sensuality that Jeffrey jokes could just be about fruit.
The attraction between the two is palpable, but hard to define. For In the Valley Below, one plus one equals three, with Angela’s Americana folk-country and classic rock vibe melding with Jeffrey’s penchant for Anglo art-pop and heavy, Memphis-infused riffs into something completely different. The two wrote, produced, engineered and recorded their own songs in a home studio. Two of the 11 songs on their debut are mixed by the band, with the others handled by John Congleton [St.Vincent, David Byrne], Dave Sardy [Oasis, Band of Horses], Lasse Mårtén [Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John], and Pete Min who also shared his studio for the recording of some vocals and drums. Angela and Jeffrey never even intended for In the Valley Below to be a performing band, so it turned out to be a pleasant surprise when the songs were so good they demanded to be played for people. A constant touring schedule, with appearances at festivals like Reading and Leeds in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris, and a even a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, In The Valley Below are paving their path. During days off, back home in Echo Park, CA, they make time to brew their own brand of beer, which may soon be available for purchase. And the rest, as they say…is mystery.
Filled with emotions from guilt to hope, and encouraging voyeurism, when they announce to their audience, “We are In the Valley Below,” they immediately invite us to join their communal world, one with no boundaries and whose limits are only defined by our collective imagination.
We make music in a way that makes us happy. We are writers, watchers, painters and listeners. We come together to bring our ideas into the light. MT. OSSA is our music and we are proud of it. People have called our music anything from surf rock and psych-pop, to dream disco and soul fuzz; we’re okay with that. We’re okay with presenting to the observer an opportunity to imagine and experience. Ever expanding, and limitless is who we are. Loving what we do is not hard. Color and light and shapes and terrestrial bodies are all things that inspire us, but our love for music is what drives us to be MT. OSSA