Grizfolk, In The Valley Below
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Preparing to kick off 2016 with a bang, Grizfolk will release their highly anticipated full-length debut album, Waking Up The Giants [Virgin Records], on Friday January 8 through iTunes. The digital pre-order is now live, and allows fans an instant grat download of the single “Troublemaker” as well as the four tracks off the previously released EP From The Spark. Additionally, the band has launched a pre-order through their online store for an exclusive vinyl bundle of the debut album, signed by the band, which is available here: http://smarturl.it/GrizfolkShop.
In support of the album’s release, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles alternative rock band unveils dates for their 2016 winter headlining tour, beginning Thursday January 21 at Voodoo Room in San Diego, CA. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for fans who have signed up to the band’s mailing list: http://smarturl.it/RoadworthyList, and go onside to the public on Friday. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow. This month, they’ll be touring across Canada with X Ambassadors before returning stateside for a string of radio shows in December.
“When we all met in a studio in Santa Monica in 2013, little did we know that we would be writing our debut full length album Waking Up the Giants,” said Grizfolk. ”Looking back and listening to the album now that it's completed, it truly is a journal of memories and emotions that we've gathered these past 2 years. We can only hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
As “Troublemaker” continues to steadily rise at Alternative Radio, Grizfolk teams up with Vevo to premiere its music video later this month. The clip matches the track’s energetic upbeat bounce, soulful riffing, and massive chant with an appropriately explosive visual.
Critics are also enthusiastically responding to Grizfolk. Recently, Paste Magazine described “Troublemaker” as “a raunchy mix of electronic synth and guitar,” and Spin named them one of “Five Can’t Miss Emerging Artists at Voodoo Fest,” adding, “For those who love unapologetic, badass alt-rock staples but want something more, we give you Grizfolk.”
Recently, they gave a rousing and raucous performance during halftime at a Chicago Bears game on the legendary Soldier Field. “Troublemaker” is also included in Activision’s Guitar Hero Live.
Grizfolk are about to become your favorite new band. You might have seen them supporting Haim or Bastille, and they made their television debut earlier this year on the Late Show with David Letterman. They’ve got a bevy of festivals under their belts including Firefly Music Festival, Hangout Festival, Free Press Summer Festival, Boston Calling Music Festival, Voodoo Music + Experience, and more. In 2014, Grizfolk blasted on to the scene with their debut EP, From the Spark. Tastemaker Jason Bentley of KCRW proclaimed them one of his new favorite bands, and they appeared on “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Spotify pegged them as an “Artist to Watch” in 2014, while they scored placements on MTV’s Catfish, Finding Carter, and Generation Cryo as well as The CW’s The Originals and Hart of Dixie. They also penned the end title sequence for the DreamWorks film Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In The Valley Below
For In the Valley Below’s Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail, their Elephant EP represents the latest chapter in an ongoing relationship that is rooted in both the music they create and the family which has followed. Relocated from their tiny, one-bedroom Echo Park apartment in Los Angeles, the now-married pair have moved to a 93-year-old house they bought in Grand Rapids, MI. There, they installed a basement studio that served as the birthplace for their next collection of songs to be released on acclaimed Bay Area, ADA-distributed indie Bright Antenna, three years after The Belt and its worldwide alternative hit, “Peaches,” was released.
“After spending three years on the road, we wanted a place to come home to that was quiet, and not so claustrophobic,” says Angela about the decision to flee L.A. “We found Grand Rapids to be a city full of creative energy, fresh air, and rough edges. It’s been inspiring. A lot of people we’ve met here migrated at the same time we did from the West Coast. Maybe it’s some kind of human instinct.”
Solid touring in Europe and the US included festivals like Reading and Leeds, Austin City Limits, Rock En Seine and more. Appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and other international appearances all seemed to happen at once “like a dream”. However, this sudden success wasn’t sudden at all. They spent years in LA playing in bands looking for a break. They self released a 5-song EP and shortly after signed to several record labels across the globe. “Peaches” first found the airwaves in Europe, debuting on BBC Radio One and climbing the charts in France and Germany, becoming #1 on French Alternative radio. Over a year later, it became a staple on US alternative radio.
The Elephant EP continues the pair’s thematic concerns – sex, relationships, power, temptation, paranoia, existential angst and mortality. The hybrid, atmospheric dance-rock synthesis they introduced on The Belt – which incorporated Memphis native Jeffrey’s primal rock influences with Angela’s Stevie Nicks folk vibe – has now been seamlessly interwoven, the thick, drone-like buzz enlivened by surprisingly catchy melodies, sort of Jesus & the Mary Chain meets Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.
Listen close enough, and you can hear Jeffrey and Angela’s story on these tracks, from the sparking synth squiggles in “Hold on Tight,” their own meditation on the miracle of the birth of their son – which coincided with their debut album starting to take off – to “Break Even”, written in their touring van, a droning reflection of their gratitude for success and the inevitable highs and lows of following your passions.
The pair took advantage of the freedom of having their own studio to expand their songwriting and production capabilities.
“Elephant” is an ominous dirge about the push-and-pull of being together and the difficulty of communication that started as a lullabye, one of many they’ve penned for their own child. They traveled to Mexico City with inflatable elephants to film the accompanying music video. With picturesque land and cityscapes, they wanted to highlight the beauty of our neighbor country and its people. A timely statement during the current right wing border tensions.
“The Pink Chateau” with its intriguing Memphis soul undercurrent is a metaphor for either erotic desire or the lure of hearth and home itself.
“Bloodhands (Oh My Fever)” was inspired by the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO. A story they hoped would fade but continues to haunt with documented police violence and racial tensions that beg “tell me why we do it”. The song ends with the benediction of a soaring gospel choir, which was recorded in Grand Rapids and led by local music phenom Debra L. Perry. The music video is a surrealist cinematic endeavor touching on race and sexuality and how we will all end up in the hands of our children.
The story of this couple is rooted in their music – the thrill of finding one another, the pitfalls and setbacks along the way – are all exposed in the midst of seductive, slabs of buzzworthy pop that is at once a dream come true, and a glimpse at the reality within.