JEFF the Brotherhood at Lollapalooza 2012 | Photos and music review
Nashville duo JEFF the Brotherhood more than met the SG-chugging quota for the day with its '90s-themed jams that straddle the realms of punk and psych. Mid-set, after a short quiz on the song's lyrics (which most people failed), brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall launched into oldie "Noo Sixties," which amped up the crowd filled with young jammers, after playing through a string of more recent material that suffered in the wake of an underwhelming sound output from the Playstation stage.
Fortunately, the issue resolved itself toward the end as the dudes blew through new song "Sixpack," from new record Hypnotic Nights, through a cloud of fog and purple strobe lights. Though the duo seems to be the band format du jour in the indie world these days, these two have been at it since 2001(ish), and have the ability to transform a guitar and drums into a wall of sound so huge it's difficult to believe it's being emitted from a lone pair. In a stenciled, sleeveless jean jacket and jorts, Jake Orrall tossed his long locks in pure rockstar style, though he seemed a bit uncomfortable with the setting: "This is a little weird for us, it's like 2pm and there are more people here than we're used to," and "There are a shitload of people here, Jesus Christ!" he proclaimed. But these two are going to have to get used to this level of attention: The brothers gave it away now that they will be touring with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Australia this fall. They also, apparently, are huge fans and ended the set with instructions for everyone within hearing distance to watch Flea and crew's set this evening. And they're in luck: Despite the shit storm that occurred just hours ago, the Peppers will take the stage, albeit a bit late, at 9pm. That's right, weather: Suck my kiss.