Oh man. JEFF the Brotherhood are really messing with me. Their latest release, We Are The Champions, seems to combine every aspect of loud-but-awesome rock ‘n’ roll that I have loved consistently since the age of 14. Epic guitar riffs? Pure Thin Lizzy. Sardonic, even-paced vocals? Hey there, Rivers Cuomo. Power chords and neck breaking rhythms? Freaking Ramones!
Am I gushing? Maybe. But these brothers from Nashville are a prime example of how fun rock ‘n’ roll can be when you’re not too self serious. Don’t get be wrong — I love the thoughtful poetic introspection of our indie bearded bards. But sometimes, I just want my music to be good. And loud. It’s genuinely satisfying.
JEFF the Brotherhood manage to embody these qualities, while adding surprising slow-down numbers to the mix (proving their musical breadth), but I think they’re at their strongest when they really let it all hang out.
You can (and should) listen to the whole album over on NPR, but the opening track “Hey Friend” manages an impressive combination of influences while still sounding consistent. JEFF is often touted as a particularly excellent live band, and listening to this track (live from SXSW), I can really see why.