Tonight Jeff the Brotherhood will open for garage godfathers, The Greenhornes, at the Bottom of the Hill. Brotherhood brothers Jake and Jamin bring out the raw essence of rock and roll with just one guitar and drums. Their latest recording “We Are the Champions” is set to release soon and the duo have just inked a deal with Warner Brothers. Luckily we had a chance to sit down (in cyberspace) with guitarist brother Jake and ask a few questions before they head off for the major league.
OCMD: The Brotherhood seems to have a deep SF connection. You have done shows with Hunx and his Punx, and Shannon and her Clams. You released a split 7″ with OCMD fave Ty Segall. What gives, how did ya’ll hook up? Any chance you guys are moving out here? Jake: We did a tour with Ty and co a while back and became fast friends. That crew turned us on to a bunch of stuff. Probably not movin to bay area anytime soon.
OCMD: We compulsively go to SXSW every year. You guys seem like regulars. Do you have a favorite venue or two in Austin? Any particular snacks you seek out there? Jake: We like to get BBQ and Jamin likes the Crawfish Boil. Also into the food trucks. Don’t have a fav venue.
OCMD: I try and eat your blog’s “Snack Attack” suggestions whenever possible and really enjoyed the Dickel and Donut combo. Any other choices not to be missed? Jake: Pickled sausage and cheese and crackers. Just alternate bites, total bliss.
OCMD: We read that you are encouraging your sister to learn bass and join the family band. I can’t think of any bands of 3 siblings, that could be a serious edge. Has there been any progress there? Do you have a favorite sibling-based band? Jake: She’s just started learning. We like the Jackson 5!
OCMD: What’s up with the Japan tour? What do you hope to find there? With all the sitar on the new album, might you consider a tour of India? Jake: Japan tour is hopefully soon, not trying to find anything in particular, just good times. Dunno if we r gonna tour India, is there cool places to play?
OCMD: Are you sick of people asking you guys about the whole brother thing? Jake: Kinda
OCMD: Why should we love you more than Natural Child? They have a lot more herb on their blog, not to mention that naked picture of you. Jake: If u are super into cheefin out on sum cheeba u should love Natty Child more, I don’t know what naked pic u talkin about!
OCMD: Ramones or Zeppelin? Jake: Ramones
Thanks Jake! Safe travels, enjoy the tour. I hope you make it to Japan (and India-I imagine there are some really cool places to stay).
Artist: JEFF the Brotherhood Album: We are the Champions Release Date: June 21, 2011 Homeland: Nashville Featured Tracks:“Shredder” [audio http://www.415project.com/theOCMD/04_Shredder.mp3] “Diamond Way” [audio http://www.infinitycat.com/mp3s/diamondway.mp3]
Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, aka JEFF The Brotherhood, literally will rock your socks off. Their debut album “Heavy Days” is still on high rotation. “We Are The Champions” is their next modest endeavor and their celebrating with a grand tour. You have to see it to believe it and will land in SF on May 14 at Bottom of the Hill with…wait for it…The Greenhornes. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Yeah, I pretty much worship this band. You should too.
Last Thursday night The Eagle Tavern played host to a great night of down and dirty garage rock featuring local acts Ty Segall, The Baths, The Splinters and Nashville-based Jeff the Brotherhood. First off, I need to say that The Eagle Tavern is my new favorite bar. As one of San Francisco’s better known gay bear/leather bars, it’s not a destination that was on my radar. But what a great venue, vibe and fun people! They have the best beer garden in town. And I got a kick out of teasing the bartender, who handed me the beer list, by ordering ‘whatever’s most popular with the ladies.’ After a momentary blank stare, I got a Stella Artois.
It was my first time catching up with The Baths and look forward to hearing more from this group. Especially when they put out music on some other format than cassette tape. (I feel a trendspotting series coming on.) Luckily it appears the uber cool label Woodsist will be putting out their debut LP soon…which is a very good sign. I dig their sound and something about them gave me a Girls vibe, but maybe that was just the lead singer’s dress and shawl getup and the fact that Christopher Owens often takes the stage in similar attire. Whatever the case, file them under one to watch.
The band of brothers, JEFF the Brotherhood, took the stage next and delivered a scorching set. If you haven’t checked these guys out, do so. How can you not like a band that tapes Jeffro Tull on their drum kit? Always a crowd pleaser, these guys know how to work the audience with Jake spending more time off the stage than on it. Then there’s Jamin on drums who wails on his set with the kind of bounce and enthusiasm as Animal of The Muppets. Seriously, check it out.
Ty Segall closed out the night with a kumbaya set of old tunes and a handful of new ones. Members of The Baths joined in on the fun. And if Ty wasn’t already adorable enough, the love and sweetness he was throwing down for his girlfriend (the bassist for The Baths) throughout the night was just too cute for words. When he dedicated “Lovely One” to her my heart melted too. So uplifting and inspiring it was that I almost regained my faith in humanity. Almost.
Thursday night San Francisco’s The Eagle Tavern (for real) plays host to a garage rock orgasm featuring not one, but TWO of my obsessions, Ty Segall and JEFF the Brotherhood, along with local up and comers The Splinters and The Baths. I caught this tour de force in Austin last week at The Mohawk and, like a junkie, am ready for another fix. This one’s as good as it gets, folks. Be there, if you’re man enough. And bring your bare ass and chaps.
Hell yeah. These guys made the short list of my Best Albums of 2009 with their debut album, ‘Heavy Days’. I will definitely be paving a path to one of their gigs in Austin. Their live shows are reportedly not to be missed.
3/17 – the Longbranch (12:15am Impose Magazine & Famous Class Showcase)
3/18 – Emos Annex (1:20pm Soundcheck Party)
3/18 – Pizza Guys Pizza (TBA at The Best Damn Day of Duo’s Ever)
3/19 – Karibu’s (3pm)
3/19 – Club 1808 (5pm Chaos In Tejas Party)
3/19 – Club 1808 (7pm Texas Size Headache)
3/20 – The Mohawk (9:30pm Panache Booking Showcase)
3/21 – Beerland (TBA Panache Finale Party)
Things That I Would Like To See Disappear Forever in 2010: Any band listing Animal Collective as an influence. Genre With The Least Staying Power: Chillwave, Glo-fi, et al. What I Have High Hopes For in 2010: 1) Bands who remember that the guitar is indeed an instrument. 2) LIARS LIARS LIARS!!!
Have I told you how much I love Jeff The Brotherhood yet? The Nashville-based garage rock duo hooked me with the Jeffro Tull drum set slogan, then sealed the deal with their relentless garage punk. Their LP “Heavy Days” is out now on Infinity Cat Records.