THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012|
Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson
Over the past couple of years, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been gradually gaining a large fan base for their fun, fast and loud tracks. The attention is deserved, as few are playing with as much live intensity as the power duo. It's hard to imagine a better group to release an album in the thick of summer. And on this album, Hypnotic Nights JEFF The Brotherhood delivers on the heavy riffs, sing-alongs and getting drunk in canoes -- everything we've learned to love about them.
It's clear from the additional instruments on Hypnotic Nights that the band is trying to take a step in the direction of musical complexity. The duo recruited Black Keys lead man Dan Auerbach as producer on their seventh album -- a man who knows a thing or two about recording guitar and drums. JEFF adds synths, saxophone solos, piano, and sitar as a way to mix up the duo's sound. The auxiliary instruments add less than you'd think-- the strength of the band will always be the unique conversation between Jake's guitar and vocals and Jamin's drumming. On one of Hypnotic Nights' strongest songs "Leave Me Out," the power of the guitar riff and pounding drums overpowers anything new that comes into the mix.
Fortunately for JEFF The Brotherhood, their core strength of riff rock and beer talk is going to last a long time before it overstays its welcome. Jamin Orrall's lyrics consist mostly of statements of purpose. On their first single, "Sixpack" Jake chants, "I wanna cool out / And get wasted," and the first lyrics on the album, "I want a place / Where I can smoke meats / Where I can drink / And swim in the creek." JEFF The Brotherhood's sound is a welcome one; among complicated sub-genres and stylistic minutiae, it's good to know there's a talented band of two guys that want to hang out, have fun, and play rock.