It’s a week of firsts on the blog and today sees my first post in the Stars on 45 series, where I pull a favourite 7″ out of the pile to share. Opening the series is Nashvillian duo Jeff The Brotherhood, who are (the name’s a bit of a giveaway) brothers Jake Orrall and Jamin Orrall.
Both are former members of Be Your Own Pet, and the brothers reprise their roles on guitar and drums, respectively, in their current band with Jake taking on vocal duties this time out. Jeff The Brotherhood’s guitar-and-drums setup may be minimal, but there’s nothing minimal about their sound – they manage to fill every inch of every groove with with the density of their songs. This 7″ was the March 2010 installment of Too Pure’s Singles Club and is one of the stand-outs of last year’s series. A-side ‘U Got The Look’ pounds along furiously, with a big bass line and an even bigger, incredibly catchy, hook while phaser pedals wail overhead. This is power-pop’s evil twin, pure jump up and down, punch the air party music.
Flip side ‘The Tropics’ brings the party mood down a few notches, but that’s not a criticism. Like the A-side, ‘The Tropics’ is blessed with a killer hook but takes its cue more from classic rock than buzzy pop. The song’s extended outro is a heart-busting bluesy riff that’s as emotive as it is epic.
Jeff the Brotherhood play three dates in Ireland next week:
January 25 – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
January 26 – Crawdaddy, Dublin
January 27 – Róisín Dubh, Galway