Jeff The Brotherhood. Hypnotic Nights

Written by Kieron Lee

Jeff The Brotherhood have fin­ished their North American Tour in where I was lucky enough to see them turn the majestic Bowery Ballroom turn into a beer soaked mosh pit from hell. The crowd simply went wild for Jeff The Brotherhood in a way that shows that not only have they got a loyal fan­base from tour­ing their first two bril­liant and over­looked albums Heavy Days and We Are The Champions, but also one that car­ries that same under­ground men­tal­ity but pushes it on a lar­ger scale without giv­ing up any of its sensibilities.

This hadn’t been the first time I had seen Jeff The Brotherhood, the two real life broth­ers Jake and Jamin Orrall with a knack for clas­sic rock sen­ti­ment with a mod­ern chill dude vibe flow effort­lessly and also with a not­able highly pro­fes­sional tech­nical abil­ity and pro­duc­tion value. The first time I saw them they tore up a London base­ment filled to the brim seen it all before music types and ended up turn­ing the place into a fuck all end all rock fest. Nothing to do with what’s in style or ‘now’. Just two broth­ers thrash­ing out top tunes in a way you ima­gine how Bill and Ted might have even­tu­ally changed the planet. Wyld Stallyns indeed.

This of course led me into a great deal of anti­cip­a­tion for their third full length out­ing this time on a major label. Much like their per­form­ance in New York they have the same much loved set up but it’s glos­sier, per­haps even in the same vein as the tongue in cheek feel of their first video’s. A large neon lit drum kit and gui­tar to match bring an ele­ment of glam rock even, along with match­ing ‘JTB’ varsity jackets.

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach takes the reigns on pro­duc­tion and from the opener Country Life you know you’re in for a piece of mod­ern Americana. The album seems to flow a lot more smoothly than pre­vi­ous efforts which had more than a few stand out tracks. This time around there is of matur­ity and even dare I say piece of mind within the album, “I can’t wait to turn 29” Jake says of an age when most twenty somethings have ser­i­ous doubts about their life choices. Hypnotic Nights is all about the fun really and who would have guest with songs like Six Pack, a mod­ern anthem for get­ting down with your bros.

The album is released on July 17 and along with their style being more clas­sical, their rise has been more of an old school build over a few years of tour­ing rather than hype and it has paid off. Hypnotic Nights is freshen­ing partly because of it’s sim­pli­city executed per­fectly. No doubt the title is about the nights they have been per­petu­ally tour­ing for the past few years exper­i­en­cing the clas­sic American Rock and Roll story, they even man­age to squeeze in a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Changes which sounds like an Animal Collective song at times. Make sure you catch them on tour when they hit up every place worth being in Europe this summer.

Kieron Lee
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Kieron Lee
Kieron Lee is a London based artist, writer & photographer who runs contemporary DIY music label and arts events under the Wolf Tapes moniker. Kieron completed his BA in Drama and Performance Arts specialising in writing and sound design where he developed his own interest for experimentation and composition and later went on to exhibit in soni... Read further >
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