In The Valley Below
is an indie rock duo consisting of husband and wife Jeffrey Jacob Mendel (vocals/guitar) and Angela Gail Matteson (vocals/keyboard). Once members of alt-rock outfit, Subrosa Purr, the pair realized the bond between them, as both a couple and as songwriters, during a rather enlightening trip to SXSW, and left to pursue their current project. Their debut album, The Belt
, released in 2014, was described as a blend of Depeche Mode
and Fleetwood Mac
The two, and their son, moved from Echo Park to a 93-year old house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they wrote and recorded their July release, Elephant
. "Bloodhands (Oh My Fever)" is the lead single from the EP. The song was inspired by the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri a little over three years ago. The bass heavy song and its accompanying video convey the weight of racial tension and the ever-growing number of police shootings in the United States. The husband and wife duo express their sorrow and confusion with the line "Tell me why we do it" in the chorus. The addition of a gospel choir repeating "Oh my fever" at the end of the track as beautiful as it is haunting.