JEFF the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights 2012-404

MUSiC, Album. July 24, 2012 by nico.

Actually this is their first album on Warner Bros. I should be happy for them but at the same time... Why are people surprised this is out on warner? besides a couple songs it honestly sounds like a weezer album

JEFF the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights [2012] [Album]
Warner Bros. Records / CD
MP3 / V0 (VBR)

1. Country Life
2. Sixpack
3. Mystic Portal II
4. Hypnotic Mind
5. Wood Ox
6. Staring at the Wall
7. Leave Me Out
8. Region of Fire
9. Hypnotic Winter
10. Dark Energy
11. Changes

Seen by many to be latter-day pioneers of the Nashville rock scene, the duo JEFF The Brotherhood is known for its rockin' live shows, prolific recorded output, relentless work and touring schedule, as well as its family-owned, super cool, vinyl-centered record label, Infinity Cat Recordings, which has been a pillar of support for Nashville bands since 2002 with over 70 releases to date

The real-life brothers behind JEFF the Brotherhood, Jake and Jamin Orrall, know how to find the sweet spot that connects larger-than-life rock majesty to good-natured every-guy doofiness. They're the sort of shaggy-haired dudes who doff their shirts, crack open beers and break out the taxidermy before performing songs from We Are the Champions in the NPR Music offices. But then they bash out heroically anthemic rock 'n' roll that's as polished and sweetly hooky as it is hedonistic.

With The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach producing, JEFF the Brotherhood's big-label debut, Hypnotic Nights, doesn't want for polish or sweet hooks: The Nashville duo rightly gets compared to the Ramones and Weezer a lot, and Hypnotic Nights draws from the shiniest side of both bands. Still, the new record, out July 17, is a gleefully debauched blast of beer-loving, party-friendly celebration. It's somewhat front-loaded — the album's back half slows down amid the sax and sitar of "Region of Fire," and closes with a lengthy cover of the Black Sabbath ballad "Changes" — but the best stuff is virtually irresistible.

As mission statements go, it's hard to top the album-opening "Country Life," which chronicles the purest joys of JEFF the Brotherhood's existence — beer, dogs, records, youth, "a place where I can smoke meats" — while still understanding that there's plenty more to appreciate beyond the county line. "Country Life" is followed immediately by the even-simpler pursuits of "Sixpack," but that song only makes Hypnotic Nights more relatable: There's no time like midsummer for listening to best friends and brothers sing rock 'n' roll songs about beer. There'll be lots of opportunities for thinking when September rolls around.


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