Live Concert Photography: In The Valley Below with Flagship at Mercury Lounge 8/17/17
With the release of their full-length debut The Belt, which spawned the viral hit single “Peaches,” In The Valley Below, the husband and wife duo Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob first received international attention with “Peaches” debuting on BBC Radio 1, and the song seeing commercial success in Germany and France — with the song topping the French Alternative Charts. About a year after the initial release of The Belt, the duo of Gail and Jaco received national attention with “Peaches” receiving regular rotation on American Alternative radio stations, followed by national television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. Adding to a growing profile, the duo which had also built up an international fanbase by relentless touring of the European Union and the US have managed to play at some of the world’s biggest music festivals — including Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, Austin City Limits, Rock En Seine and others. Considering that the duo effortlessly meshes elements of art rock, synth pop, the blues, arena rock and more in a way that’s reminiscent of JOVM mainstays Smoke Season, it shouldn’t be surprising that Gail and Jacob have seen such rapid critical and commercial success.
The husband and wife duo’s latest EP, Elephant was released earlier this summer, and was recorded in the basement studio of the 93-year old home the couple purchased upon relocating from Los Angeles to Grand Rapids, MI. And from Elephant‘s first single “Bloodhands (Oh My Fever),” the material has proven to be among the most personal yet ambitious and politically charged material they’ve written and recorded to date — with the EP’s first single reportedly inspired by the Michael Brown shooting and the immediate aftermath in Ferguson, MO. But they manage to pair political messages with a song that’s both arena rock and radio friendly, thanks to a rousingly anthemic hook and a local gospel choir led by Debra L. Perry.
Now, as you may recall the husband and wife duo of Gail and Jacob went on a lengthy tour throughout August, which included an August 17, 2017 headlining stop at Mercury Lounge that had the band playing a career spanning set along with a cover of Danzig‘s “Mother.” Opening the night was the Charlotte, NC-based synth rock duo Flagship. Check out photos from the show below.
Opening the night was the Charlotte, NC-based synth rock duo Flagship — and if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past few years, you may recall that the duo, comprised of Drake Margolnick (vocals, guitar) and Michael Finster (drums) can trace its origins to when the Margolnick and Finster were involved in separate music projects — Finster was a member of locally-based band Campbell the Band, while Margolnick was releasing material as a solo artist. And after forming in 2011, the duo quickly signed to Bright Antenna Records and received national attention with the release of their debut EP, blackbush. 2013’s self-titled debut was released both Stateside and in the UK, and since then the duo have released another EP, 2015’s Faded and 2016’s sophomore effort The Electric Man. Interestingly, the duo’s most recent material finds them expanding upon their sound — while still remaining anthemic, arena and radio friendly rock and the emphasis on synths, their most recent material leans heavily towards indie rock than ever before, seemingly nodding more at Coldplay than say, The Fixx or St. Lucia and Haerts.