Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song Of The Day podcast subscription.This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Mellow Out” by JEFF The Brotherhood from the 2011 album We Are The Champions on Infinite Cat.
The Nashville duo of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, aka JEFF The Brotherhood, are seen by many as pioneers of the modern Nashville rock scene. Since starting in the garage as kids (Jamin on drums and Jake on guitar), they’ve grown up not only musically, but professionally. Their family-owned, vinyl-centered record label, Infinity Cat Recordings, has been a pillar of support for Nashville bands since 2002 (with 60 releases to date) and has helped the band release a handful of really good albums.
Known for their relentless touring and their “we’ll play anywhere” mentality, they have built a reputation for stripping rock music down to its basics and delivering crazy live shows with Jamin’s three drums and three cymbals and Jake’s three bottom-string guitar and punk rock vocals. Their latest release, We Are Champions, recorded by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, Velvet Underground ), is a fuzzy power punk guitar showcase that sounds a lot like if you crossed Weezer with classic rock, or Hagfish with 60’s psych, or the Ramones with AC/DC. It’s simple Summer rock music perfectly suited for “jamming out” with the windows down.
The band has a fun website that they keep regularly updated with photos, music, and sometimes nonsense. The band isn’t currently on tour. They were on the road with The Greenhornes earlier this year, but hopefully this fall will see them back in the NW. They do have a handful of dates on the East Coast. Check their Facebook and MySpace pages for more information. For now, here’s a video of JTB playing today’s featured song during our broadcast from last year’s SXSW at the Gibson Showroom in Austin: