A Sweaty Heavy Jam with JEFF the Brotherhood at Death by Audio

Written by  Published in Live Reviews Thursday, 09 February 2012 20:01

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JEFF the Brotherhood packed the sweaty punkers into Death by Audio to full capacity last night, where hell broke loose in the most reverb- and beer-soaked way. Right when the band played the first note, there was a clear and crisp pop of a beer can being opened in the crowd, and the tone was set. The band duo blew out the venue, with the help of a wall of cabinets lining the back of the stage, blasting their dredgey psych garage rock through the skulls of every kid in the room. Fists were in the air, hair was flying, and bodies were slamming. (Above:: Jake Orrall of JEFF the Brotherhood)

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Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been playing music together practically their whole lives, and it shows. They have the sound to fill a giant venue, yet a place like Death by Audio is perfect to keep it raw, dirty, and intimate. Jake could stage dive and crowd surf while still shredding, and it was hard not to feel like everything was merging together, to the point where the kick drum became heartbeats and every sound wave shook bodies to the bone. The second to last song they played was the mind bending “Whatever I Want,” that is a prime example of this. Of course the sound is blown out, but imagine this times ten, coupled with being soaking sweaty wet, and that’s how the show was.

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Isabel Almeida of Hunters

I also have to give a shout out to Hunters, who I was previously unaware of, but damn they hit it hard too. Singer Isabel Almeida has a stage presence like Karen O. and the scream to go with it. Her and singer/guitarist Derek Watson played off each other and to each other, while taking turns back bending and writhing on the stage floor, keeping it rowdy like a rock show should be.

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JEFF the Brotherhood and Hunters have been on tour together for almost a month now, and they’re about to wrap it up with a sold out show with The Kills at Terminal 5 this Saturday. Keep up with the Brotherhood on Facebook, and get more of a glimpse into the life of Hunters with their blog.

Photos (c) Kelly Knapp

Last modified on Friday, 10 February 2012 12:41
Kelly Knapp

I grew up listening to the music my parents listened to. My mom gave me some of her “Golden Oldies” cassette tapes, and I could sit in my room for hours harmonizing with The Ronettes, and staring at Del Shannon, who I thought was a total stud in his tiny black and white photo on the glossy fold-out insert. I listened to Willie Nelson because my Dad admired him so much, and I wanted to understand what was so great about him too. My first concert wasn’t a huge life changer; I saw Inner Circle at a local Jambalaya festival in Central Florida. Their biggest hit was “Bad Boys,” the theme song to COPS. If anything, that concert should have traumatized me. But, at the time I had no comprehension of any crassness. I just remember the guitarist making eye contact with me and smiling, and feeling excitement over having a brief connection with someone who was making me dance.

It’s the same thing with listening to music with words in another language. It’s not necessary to understand words or literal meanings. It’s the way the melodies and rhythms evoke feeling. It’s like that saying about art, how you may not be able to explain it, but you know it when you see it. I can’t always describe music (although obviously, I sure as hell try to), but I know what I like when I feel it, and I think those who can evoke that feeling deserve to be acknowledged for it. That’s what I want to describe. That’s what I want to share.

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