Wednesday Night Residency with Sir Sly

The Echo Presents

Wednesday Night Residency with Sir Sly

Frank + Derol, In The Valley Below, Miner

Wed, February 20, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

This event is 21 and over

Frank + Derol
Frank + Derol
Codi Caraco grew up in Los Angeles, playing intricate Rachmaninoff preludes on the piano while the rest of her family blasted psychedelic rock. She started writing songs in first grade, around the same time that she came to school singing Smashing Pumpkins and her classmates wondered about her, this little brunette virtuoso singing about a rat in a cage.

Brandi Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray, split her childhood between a tour bus and a home in Nashville, where she listened to Merle Haggard records and watched her father play guitar. It took her until age 18 to pick up the instrument, but once she did, the music came easily. She sat down with her father, matching his chords, repeating patterns. With her little sister rising to widespread fame, Brandi signed on as a tour guitarist and never looked back.

It was on one of these national tours that Codi and Brandi met five years ago, late one night, as the tour musicians—a group that included Codi's brother—headed wearily back to the buses. The two girls started writing music together, quickly finding that Brandi's folksy, organic sensibilities and love for 90's grunge was the perfect complement to Codi's ear for the off-kilter, structural and strange.

Together they formed FRANK + DEROL. The two of them started playing shows, refining their material and collaborating with other young artists. At some point, the music clicked. "We began making the music that we'd always wanted to make," says Codi. Brandi agrees: "The roughness of those tours, the two of us just playing acoustic—it made us grow up as artists, and our songs did too."

The result, one year later, is a phenomenal collection of music headed for EP release in September and a full album set to drop in 2013. Bringing to mind the effortless shimmer of indie-pop artists like Ellie Goulding and Freelance Whales, FRANK + DEROL's debut maintains a dimensionality--Codi plays Chopin in their standout track "Lightning + Gold," for example--that leaves the listener with a taste that's better than sweet. Anthems-in-waiting "Let It Go" and "Starve My Heart" begin with soaring, candy-apple pop progressions, then unfold in transparently raw lyrics and meticulous instrumentation, hinting at a core that combines both vulnerability and hope. Other songs, like the near-perfect "Barely Love You Too," are audacious and complex, combining an upper register of glittering keyboard ornamentation with a sophisticated melody and a brazen objective: "I'm not afraid to say I'm not ashamed/ You know that I would do anything/ Tell me what you want to say/ Is it safe enough to say/ I barely love you too."

FRANK + DEROL set out to make a record that anyone could enjoy, and they succeeded. This is the sort of music that teenage girls will play on repeat as they take their first road trip up and down the California coast. These are the songs that you'll inevitably hear remixed by esoteric DJs into grinding, chest-shuddering bass tracks with Codi's ethereal soprano layered on top. This is the album with the irresistible hooks that will win over even the most intractable hipsters: FRANK + DEROL, coming soon to a rooftop near you.


Written by Jia Tolentino
In The Valley Below
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.
Miner
Miner
Miner is a Los Angeles/Silverlake folk-rock group formed in 2012 from the creative nervous breakdown of songwriter Justin Miner, which led him to take an extended break from the music world. He subsequently left Los Angeles to travel the jungles of Central and South America and the redwoods of California’s central coast. He returned home rejuvenated, built a small studio in his bedroom with one microphone, and recruited family members (wife Kate Miner, brother Jeremy Miner) to sing and stomp, and Miner was born. When the recording was finished, Justin uploaded first single “Hey Love” to Soundcloud, and within a few days it unexpectedly reached #2 on the Hype Machine single charts. Justin quickly recruited some friends and put together the current live lineup, which includes Justin Miner (vox, guitar), his wife Kate Miner (vox, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica), his brother Jeremy Miner (banjo, lead guitar), his cousin Amanda Koosed (keys), and longtime friends Justin Krook (bass) and Dave Schechtman (drums & percussion).

Miner finds a unique groove within the recent indie-folk revival while still further blurring the genre lines between singer-songwriter, folk, and rock. They self-released a six-song EP called “Hey Love” in September, currently only available at shows. They are now writing new material for their debut album and continuing to perform live.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com