“I don’t wanna live anymore / Somebody else’s dream,” JEFF The Brotherhood sings on “Prairie Song,” the capstone to their eighth album, Wasted On The Dream. It’s a moment of unintended clarity for the Nashville duo, who were set to release the album this past spring on Warner Brothers only for the label giant to pull the plug at the last minute. But that wasted dream came with a silver lining: JEFF The Brotherhood were free to put out the record on their own label, Infinity Cat.
Funny enough, Wasted On The Dream is the kind of big-tent rock album that majors still salivate over. Co-producer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, the White Stripes, the Killers, My Morning Jacket) shines up the band’s Weezer-meets-Black Sabbath riffs, and the hooks already sound arena-ready. Their newfound indie roots dovetail nicely with Waterloo Records’ 33 1/3 anniversary. JEFF The Brotherhood headlines the show tonight at Empire Control Room. Download “Prairie Song” below, and RSVP here for discounted tickets.