JEFF the Brotherhood: “Diamond Way”
JEFF the Brotherhood isn’t your normal fuzzed-out guitar duo. First of all, brothers Jamin and Jake are the offspring of Robert Ellis Orrall. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, some of the artist he’s written songs for probably will: Steve Earle, Reba McIntire, and Lyle Lovett, just to name a few. With the help of their dad, the Brotherhood created Infinity Cat Recordings in Nashville when singer/guitarist Jake was 16 and drummer Jamin was 14.
About ten years and a full-length album later, the brothers inked a deal with Warner Brothers that typifies the changing “major” record label landscape. Here are the details: Warner is distributing the band’s second full length, We Are the Champions (which hits record stores today), but the record remains an Infinity Cat release. Essentially, the band is using the major’s wide distribution network, but keeping a lot of the rights.
JTB’s music is perhaps not what you’d expect from a Nashville outfit (though I’m sure a lot of Austin bands get pigeonholed in a similar way). It’s sort of a mash between distorted, hard-driving guitar punk-rock and 60s psychedelia (all wrapped up into 2 and a half minutes bursts of energy).
“Diamond Way” is one of the lead singles from the new record and is a definite throwback to early-era Ramones. It’s weird enough to pique your interest from the start, yet poppy enough to keep you wanting more.