7/10 Jamie Staff review, 15 August 2016
Jeff The Brotherhood -- brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall hailing from Nashville, Tennessee -- are hard-rockin’ dudes, all right. But they’re possibly just a li-iiii-ittle bit stoned, too. I think. Opening track ‘Zone’ opens with a heavily plodding kick drum and a very loud guitar while Jake sings his weed-influenced blues; “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, and I’m too funckin’ stoned to know the difference between a good time and staying home…” Cool story, bruh. Luckily there are more hooky songs to come.
‘Energy’ runs with those stoned drums as Jake repeats “All you wanted was your misery” ad nauseum. Mixing up their heavy psychedelic garage rock with ‘90s grunge influences such as Mudhoney and even a tip of the hat to Green Day, ‘Punishment’ rollicks along at a more sprightly pace even as it’s weighted down by heavy layered guitar. ‘Juice’ is even better, with its punky attitude, catchy chorus and pacey, sub-two minute length. The Weezer-ish ‘Habit’ is another pop-rock highlight with a great buzzing guitar solo that energises. The ‘70s influences come flooding back and burst down the door with the Sabbath-referencing ‘Toasted’ and ‘You’. Rockin’, man, rockin’. It’s a pretty good record, yeah.
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