We Are the Champions by JEFF the Brotherhood on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jake Orrall is the guitar/singing half of Nashville’s JEFF the Brotherhood, and he’s a fan of pedals and effects and generally of making a ruckus. Brother Jamin bashes drums, and the two of them churn out a curious blend of simple punk and vintage rock. WATC is a more naked homage to the Ramones than they’ve displayed on previous records, with Jake’s vocals often taking on a nasally, Joey Ramone hiccup delivering Ramones-ish lines like “I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna”; the guitars hit more in the punk vein than the classic-rock arena here (save for occasional guitar solos on tracks like “Hey Friend” and “Endless Fire,” and wah wah pedals on tracks like “Mellow Out”). But they inject their love for New York’s finest with their own JEFFy goofiness, adding acoustic guitar to the pummeling squall that ends “Cool Out,” threading sitar into the punky “Stay Up Late,” and wearing their goofball humor on their sleeve:  on the faintly proggy “Hey Friend,” Jake muses, “I’ve been thinking about your mom/you can tell me if it’s wrong/it’s been going on way too long,” and exclaims, “You’re so cool/I am too!” on “Mellow Out.” Champions? We think so!

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jake Orrall is the guitar/singing half of Nashville’s JEFF the Brotherhood, and he’s a fan of pedals and effects and generally of making a ruckus. Brother Jamin bashes drums, and the two of them churn out a curious blend of simple punk and vintage rock. WATC is a more naked homage to the Ramones than they’ve displayed on previous records, with Jake’s vocals often taking on a nasally, Joey Ramone hiccup delivering Ramones-ish lines like “I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna”; the guitars hit more in the punk vein than the classic-rock arena here (save for occasional guitar solos on tracks like “Hey Friend” and “Endless Fire,” and wah wah pedals on tracks like “Mellow Out”). But they inject their love for New York’s finest with their own JEFFy goofiness, adding acoustic guitar to the pummeling squall that ends “Cool Out,” threading sitar into the punky “Stay Up Late,” and wearing their goofball humor on their sleeve:  on the faintly proggy “Hey Friend,” Jake muses, “I’ve been thinking about your mom/you can tell me if it’s wrong/it’s been going on way too long,” and exclaims, “You’re so cool/I am too!” on “Mellow Out.” Champions? We think so!

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About JEFF the Brotherhood

An actual brotherhood, though not actually containing anyone named Jeff, JEFF the Brotherhood is the brainchild of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall (who also played in Be Your Own Pet). The sons of successful songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall, the Nashville duo started out in 2001 while they were still in high school. Combining psychedelic rock, garage, and power pop influences, the pair have cultivated an eccentric, driving sound that explores the boundaries of rock & roll without forgetting the importance of a solid melodic hook, at times evoking a heavier but more stripped-down version of Cheap Trick. Through their own Infinity Cat label, JEFF the Brotherhood created a prolific body of work starting in 2002 with I Like You. The band followed up with a quick run of limited albums, including 2005's The Byzantine Empire, 2006's Castle Storm, and 2008's The Boys R Back in Town. In 2009, the pair released their first widely distributed album, Heavy Days, and expanded their fan base to include the indie set through collaborations with Best Coast and Screaming Females.

The year 2011 would also prove to be big for JEFF the Brotherhood, with the band releasing the live album Live at Third Man through Jack White's Third Man Records, as well as another full-length, We Are the Champions. Their next album found the band participating in two high-profile team-ups, first recording with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and then signing on with Warner Bros. to release their 2012 album Hypnotic Nights. In 2014, the duo followed up with Dig the Classics, an EP that found them tackling covers of artists like My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, and the Wipers. The brothers returned to the studio in 2014 with Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, the Strokes) to record their second album for Warner Bros. Wasted on the Dream saw the pair joined by bassist Jack Lawrence on all tracks, with guest spots from Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, Diarrhea Planet's Evan Bird and Emmett Miller, and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. However, the band and the label had a serious falling-out, and in February 2015 JEFF the Brotherhood announced they were no longer Warner Bros. recording artists, and released Wasted on the Dream on their own Infinity Cat label in March 2015. Freed from major-label pressures and expectations, they quickly followed up in November of the same year with Global Chakra Rhythms, a hazy, experimental double LP that found them returning to the more lo-fi psych sound of their earlier days. That return to their roots continued on 2016's Zone. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • FORMED
    2001

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