My Final Review, the one I got fired for writing. Tell the truth and suffer the consequences.
Australia in the summertime has to be one of the best places to be if you’re a fan of live music. As we speak, bands as diverse as The Chilli Peppers to Childish Gambino are in town, not to mention this incredible Nashville duo that go by the name of JEFF The Brotherhood.
Now I don’t know if this is because of the strong Aussie dollar or because it’s just a great place to be in the new year, but I have a feeling that it has to do with a bit of both. (I mean why else would fuckers like Good Charlotte be doing adverts for KFC, other than the fact that they have no class and are broke).
I digress, JEFF the brotherhood are in a totally different league of course, I mean they make fucking music that doesn’t result in you keeling over and emptying out your insides every time you hear “Lifestyles of the rich and famous”.
It’s great to have bands like JEFF the brotherhood in town because, well for one it shows you a different side of the oft-over saturated american music scene, we have all the DJ’s taking over the airwaves these days and producers can be great, but sometimes they all meld into the one and the same.
JEFF the brotherhood was a refreshing change from the usual. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee I’m sure their lives are filled with great influences. In this digital age, everyone speaks about the scenes in Los Angeles and Brooklyn and other hotspots but Nashville is a bit under the radar for most of my generation. In my opinion it kept the music they made a welcome respite from all the heavily stylised but often dry music that dominates the airwaves.
Overtly simplistic and minimal in their approach, the band themselves enjoy the hypnotic nature of their tunes. The repetitive nature of verses and simple but familiar feel of Jake’s lyrics remind you of when you were 19 years old and had your first joint. That feeling, that feeling is what made me enjoy their music.
As my friends and I were entering the venue “Kinselas” (An extension of The Standard on the floor below where the yuppies like to hang out) the DJ was really getting into his groove. So imagine how we felt when entering the bar to the tune of Destiny’s Child’s “Jumpin’, Jumpin’”. Slightly confused and dazed by the DJ’s choice in music, but still able to laugh at the absurdity of it all He continued to play such fantastic tracks such as JLO’s “If You Had My Love” and TLC’s “No Scrubs”, I’m not dissing these songs, just kind of absurd when you think about who we came to see. Seemed like the venue management didn’t wish to upset it’s regular patrons but wanted to piss all the fans of the band off.
So we’re sitting around waiting for the band to play, when I notice that Jake and Jamin are sitting across the table from us. They seem nice enough, looking up to smile every time someone looks over at them.
My friends and I sat amongst ourselves engaged in idle chatter, and we end up talking to the band and their management, who seem nice enough.
They struck up a conversation and were an animated bunch, curious about Sydney and what to do/where to go. Jamin kept walking around the venue but Jake was chill, brought us a “six-pack” and sat down again. But maybe they were just trying to chat up my friends, who knows.
Next thing we know the supports have finished and the band have a few fans milling around wanting to say hello.
I was excited to see this band because they seemed to have bucket-loads of fun, hypnotic rhythms that reminded me of early Weezer with a tinge of Black Sabbath, refer to their music for further comparisons. Their recent album “Hypnotic Nights” was produced by Dan Auerbach of the “Black Keys”, which kind of really piqued my interest. After listening to the album and then seeing the clip for “Sixpack” where a bunch of their friends go kayaking down a river getting stoned and drunk and just having a great time.
As JEFF the Brotherhood start to set up my friends suggest that we finish off the joint we had from earlier. This pissed off the bar staff. The girl who was in charge was particularly ticked off, I guess all the yuppies wouldn’t approve of a little herbal remedy. Funny because I had an inkling that the band were doing exactly the same thing backstage.
We get caught by a Nazi venue manager chick who tells us to put it out. But she finds it necessary to throw us out of the venue before the band even start. So this review ends on a bit of a bizarre note. I hope my editor doesn’t kill me but I had to give an honest portrayal of this show. The funny part was that the tour manager actually realised that they were kicking us out, and stuck up for us, claiming that we were friends of the band but to no avail. This I did not expect.
It’s ironic since, Jake sings in “Country Life”, ‘I want a place where I can smoke weed”, and here we were getting kicked out of their own gig.
The fans that were keen on the band were there to see some good garage rock, JEFF the brotherhood definitely know their shit on that front. The venue wasn’t packed while they were getting set up, with people splattered in separate groups inside The Standard. With their track “Six-pack” on heavy rotation on Triple J and FBI, I’m sure you’ve heard of their fuzzed out, heavily distorted tunes, and if you haven’t well they definitely deserve another listen.
Brazil:Massive Nation-Wide protests and riots caused by, among other factors, monetary focus on the World Cup and Olympics instead of the well-being of the populace
Venezuela:Massive protests and riots caused by unjust elections and violation of democratic rights
United States:Texas state law passed despite being voted on after a deadline and being protested by both the people and a state Senator. Protests at the senate growing, and law enforcement called in. - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been declared inert in the US i.e people of color can be barred from voting.
Australia:Leadership ballot being called in 2 hours for the third time during the Prime Minister's leadership as to whether or not she will continue as leader of the ALP, her party.
United Kingdom:Government will ban Church of England and Church of Wales from offering same-sex marriage.
Greece:Trans*people and sex workers are being rounded up in concentration camps
Russia:Government creating anti-homosexuality policies threatening the safety of all LGBT*Q Russians.
THIS IS LITERALLY JUST WHAT I REMEMBERED OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. ADD THINGS, CORRECT ME, ETC.