Artist of the Week: JEFF The Brotherhood


We’ve talked about them a lot lately and with good reason. JEFF The Brotherhood is the latest band to emerge from the budding garage scene in Nashville. Generally when people think of Nashville, names like Johnny Cash and other country stars come to mind. Over the past few years, with Jack White moving his operation from Detroit down to Music City, the entire scene has changed. That’s where his band of brothers comes into play.

The two-piece rock band consisting of Jake and Jamin Orrall started making music when they were in high school in Nashville. Even with their early start, it took a while for the band to get going as a professional outfit. The brothers had multiple other side projects, but out of all of them, JEFF was the band that managed to stick with fans and critics alike.

JEFF’s live show defines who they are. Starting off playing basements and backyard sheds, the group has made significant strides since their early years. They’ve recently played at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza (attracting big crowds for both performances, click here for photos.), which is a long ways away from a Chicago basement, demonstrating how much they’ve grown in 10 years. The duo’s tireless tour schedule has seen them play over 400 shows in the past two years, sharing bills with Best Coast, Fucked Up, Pentagram, The Kills and The Greenhornes. Despite playing with the aforementioned bands, the guys can still rock hard on their own. Their loud sets keep fans on their toes while they bring the intensity and raw energy that defines what a punk/garage rock show should stand for. (read our review of their show in Brooklyn here).


Their loud brand of swampy psych garage rock has won them more than a few admirers, including a guy who knows a thing or two about making albums: The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. JEFF enlisted their fellow Nashville resident to produce their latest release, Hypnotic Nights. As we wrote about when the album was released last month, they’ve honed their sound a bit and the record is a lot more polished than their previous two albums.

In the midst of a European tour that ends at the end of the month and beginning one in the States in late-September, JEFF The Brotherhood is going to have a busy second half of 2012. But that suits them well since their profile is growing and they’ll be able to introduce themselves to fans who have only heard the buzz. As much as garage rock has grown in the past decade, the brothers Orrall manage to inject personality and their own sense of what the genre is supposed to sound like, which not only makes them an authentic outfit, but one deeply devoted to putting out the best music they can possibly create.

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