JEFF the Brotherhood Takes Over the Room Tonight at Stubb’s Indoor Venue
I think it’s safe to say that my Texas Music Matters peeps were (and still are) in agreement when we first got a taste of JEFF the Brotherhood. After checking out some tracks from We Are the Champions (2011) and Heavy Days (2009), I was hooked. This year’s release, Hypnotic Nights (chances are good this one ends up on my top ten list for 2012) absolutely sealed the deal.
The Nashville-based duo are brothers, by the way. Jake and Jamin Orrall are the sons of singer, songwriter and producer Robert Ellis Orrall, so music was a part of everyday life. They’d been releasing limited-edition DIY albums and touring since the early 2000′s, then received national acclaim in 2009 with Heavy Days – their fifth release, usually misreported to be their first. They teamed up with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach to record Hypnotic Nights at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. The Brothers Orrall had never really worked with a producer before, but Auerbach knew to let them go and do their thing, while he assisted with whatever else they needed.
Good move. The result is another gem. The Brothers Orrall lay it on thick with rock, psych, and grunge stoked with plenty of fuzz and elements of indie and punk.
JEFF the Brotherhood are known for their superb live shows. They are wild, crazy, and all over the damn place. So make plans to see them play tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. They share the bill with Nashville’s “shred-’til-you’re-dead” six-piece rock outfit Diarrhea Planet and Austin rock trio by way of San Antonio Low Times. Doors open at 8 p.m. This one comes highly recommended. Don’t leave the earplugs at home, by the way.