Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, masterminds behind all that is rawk in JEFF the Brotherhood, have been tucked away in the studio working toward the completion of their forthcoming full-length release following their Sabbath-like drone rocker Hypnotic Nights. The new album should be ready by early next year. But leave it to the Brothers Orrall to find time to celebrate some of their personal favorites in a self-produced cover EP, Dig The Classics. In this case, the term “classics” covers late ‘7os Portland punk, some ’80s/’90s-ish alt.-rock gems, and a one-woman band once described as, “Like Belinda Carlisle fronting The Ramones,” by…some guy.
JEFF the Brotherhood simply sticks to the basics for the six-track EP, while delivering the solid rock ‘n’ drudge they do so damn well. You get The Pixies‘ “Gouge Away,” The Wipers‘ “Mystery,” My Bloody Valentine‘s “Come In Alone” (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), Colleen Green‘s “Cujo,” Teenage Fanclub‘s “Mad Dog 20/20” and Beck‘s “Totally Confused” – originally found on Beck’s 1993 lo-fi debut, Golden Feelings.
You can catch JEFF the Brotherhood at their show tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River, with Nashville rockers Music Band, and Auckland rulers of loser rock Cool Runnings. Doors open at 8 p.m. You will rock. Recommended.
– Photography by Jo McCaughey.