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On the Record with Jake Orral of JEFF the Brotherhood 

"Shut up, Dad! You don't know anything about music."

click to enlarge Champions: JEFF the Brotherhood (Jake, left, and Jamin Orrall) - PHOTO COURTESY OF CHAD WADSORTH
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  • Champions: JEFF the Brotherhood (Jake, left, and Jamin Orrall)

The members of Nashville's JEFF the Brotherhood are brothers, though neither is named Jeff.  Jake and Jamin Orrall's ultra-endearing sixth release, We Are the Champions, has collected comparisons to early Weezer and Ramones, and is available from Infinity Cat Recordings, the label they run with their dad, songwriter/ producer Robert Ellis Orrall.

 

So, about Jay-Z's tweet a couple months ago, "Take a trip to Nashville and party with JEFF the Brotherhood" …

Basically the idea is that he sends film crews to make movies [for his website] about stuff that's interesting or cool.  I guess he liked our band, 'cause he sent a film crew down and they spent a day with us. It was really fun, they were really cool guys.

 

Jay-Z wasn't there?

No, if Jay-Z was there there'd probably have to be all kinds of police and bodyguards and all that kind of shit. 

 

Some might say you're an odd fit on a tour with Pentagram.

I don't really care. A lot of people have kind of put Pentagram in the metal scene, but I've always considered Pentagram to be a hard-rock band. 

 

How much does having a dad in the music business affect your music-making process? 

He's been really good about not influencing our music. He's good at keeping his distance and being like, "Whatever you guys want to do …" But when we were little kids he'd be like, "Well, maybe you shouldn't put this 12-minute psychedelic jam at the front of your album," and we were like, "Shut up, Dad! You don't know anything about music."

 

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD opens for PENTAGRAM. With VALIENT THORR, MOLASSES BARGE, LOW MAN. 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 26. Mr. Small's Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $18-20. 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com

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