Nashville, Tenn., is increasingly becoming the former home of country music and the new birthplace of really great rock ’n’ roll.
Spearheading, in some fashion, the scene’s expansion into a rock zeitgeist are native sons Jake and Jamin Orrall, better known as the psychedelic garage rock titans JEFF the Brotherhood.
The duo has been turning out their own distortion-driven, stoner-vibe, garage rock for about 16 years, since they were both in high school. Sons of the highly successful producer/songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall, or as they call him, BOB the Fatherhood, the brothers ventured away from the staple music of their hometown.
“As little as five years ago, it was a completely different town in general,” Jake said. “So many people moving to Nashville now. So many bands moving to Nashville, too. It’s kind of broken wide open now. It used to be a small, small scene.”
Over their expansive discography (10 studio albums, three EPs and one live album), JEFF the Brotherhood ventured through an onslaught of rock ’n’ roll styles, hitting on punk themes, garage rock anthems, psychedelic notions, even introducing — perhaps for the first time — a flute solo to a garage rock song. What remains steady throughout is the core conversation of Jake’s guitar and Jamin’s drums.
JEFF the Brotherhood has gone through several live incarnations over the years. They’ve added band members and subtracted some. At one point they played with a full band, including a keyboardist. For Stopover, it will just be the brothers.
“Right now, it’s just us,” Jake said. “Old-school style. It’s good. We had maybe a four- or five-year break. We were doing a full band, with keyboard. We switched to bass and guitar because we were bored playing with the two of us. Then we got enough of that, and now we’re excited to play with just us two again.”
The live duo setup has some limitations as well as freedoms. The two can basically venture wherever they please in their discography without having to rely on rehearsals with the full band, but without the additional instrumentation so prevalent of their studio albums. For Stopover, the two will mostly be jamming the new material from 2016’s “Zone,” with “some classics thrown in there.”
“When we have a four-piece band, we usually have a time period before going on tour,” Jake said. “We usually only have time to learn 12 songs or whatever. It’s usually just the same set every night. We just get really good at those songs. We can play a little more stuff when it’s just me and Jamin.”
JEFF The Brotherhood released five studio albums on their own label, Infinity Cat, which has also released albums by Stopover alums Faux Ferocious and Diarrhea Planet. Daddy Issues, another Infinity Cat band, is set to play Stopover this year.
“The label started as a necessity,” Jake said. “There weren’t really any labels in Nashville putting out our kind of stuff. We just decided to do it on our own. And then friend’s bands who we thought were cool. We just put bands that we think are cool. We’ve never really made any money. It’s just a thing we do because we feel the need to do it. It generally breaks even most of the time.”
Although BOB the Fatherhood works in an entirely different musical realm, he’s a big fan of his sons’ band. He also works in the publishing and technical side of Infinity Cat Records.
“We’ve always been very close with our parents,” Jake said. “He’s a country songwriter, country and pop. He does his own stuff, too. We come from very different schools of songwriting. We grew up writing punk songs; playing Sonic Youth. We’ve always kept our creative lives very separate. He loves it [the band]. He absolutely loves it.”
JEFF the Brotherhood
Midnight March 9
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.