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Jeff the Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights (Warner Brothers - Infinity Cat Recordings) 

New jam collection shows that nothing will change Jeff and their punk ways

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  • Warner Brothers

From the very first tune, you know this is going to be a weird album. Jake Orrall of the two-piece Nashville band (neither of whose members are named Jeff, actually) snarls, "I want a place where I can smoke meats." It makes no sense at all, much like the Brother Orrall's (Nicknamed the Bogus Bros by fans) other lyrics. But, the brothers aren't new to the business aspect of music either; Jake runs a record label, Infinity Cat Recordings, which has released such artists as PUJOL and Cy Barkley. Their first brotherly recording, a 2002 CD by the Sex (their first band), shows their raw punk upbringing at a young age. They also released a single and a live LP on Jack White's Third Man Records in 2011. To sum up the boys in two words, Nashville reps. On their 7-inch studio album, their sound progresses much from 2011's We Are the Champions, and it is produced by mega-music-mogul Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. When most people hear that Auerbach produced an LP, they think of an overproduced album by an artist who just needs the extra push. Luckily, this new jam collection shows that nothing will change Jeff and their punk ways. I think that's a pretty good thing.

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