Monday, August 13, 2012

CD Review: Jeff The Brotherhood Are Up Through "Hypnotic Nights"

The duo of Jake and Jamin Orrall have been together for ten years and released seven albums under the name Jeff The Brotherhood. Their latest release “Hypnotic Nights” was their first to crack the Top 200 album chart and was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Auerbach’s influence definitely rubbed off as the songs on this latest album have a very raw, garage rock sound giving them a much more mature feel to their songwriting. Leading off with “Country Life,” you instantly notice the minimalist in their instrumentation to create a powerful, well-crafted song. Their song “Sixpack” sounds like the Beach Boys meet the Ramones on this fuzzed out surf-pop gem. Dan Auerbach lends a hand with the vocals on “Wood Ox” before the duo return to the punk sound of “Staring At The Wall.” The album closes with a dark, eerie rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” as the vocals are slightly distorted for that affect.

Jeff The Brotherhood is heading over to Europe for August dates. They will be returning to the U.S. at the end of September for a show in Kentucky. Check out jeffthebrotherhood.com for a complete list of live dates.

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