JEFF the Brotherhood
Hypnotic Nights


3.5
great

Review

by G.M.B. USER (18 Reviews)
July 21st, 2012 | 13 replies | 2,108 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sure to get your head nodding

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It's hard to be original in today's musical environment. Since the advent of the digital revolution, it has become increasingly easier for new artists with innovative ideas to enter the fray and woo over listeners with new blends of whatever genre-splicing music it is that they are playing. As a result, entirely new genres, sub-genres, and yes, even sub-sub-genres have popped up all over the map, and copycats of copycats are trying to get in on the action. Due to this, almost every genre is plagued with numerous sound-alikes and consequently, the genre becomes stale, stagnant, and sometimes just plain unappealing. Sure, a lot of the criticism gets directed at genres like metalcore, but really, this is present in just about every genre. So it's nice to see groups like JEFF the Brotherhood that still, despite all of this, create their own, unique spin on the music they play.

JEFF the Brotherhood aren't anything inherently original, but there is something to admire in the way that they do things. They self-produce most everything they do, and guitarist Jake Orrall plays a guitar with only three strings on it, forcing him to find his own unique style in which to play. Beyond that, the band is an absolute workhorse when it comes to touring, playing over 400 shows in just a two year span. Their devoted, intense do-it-yourself work ethic is something rarely seen today. This work ethic is very prominent on Hypnotic Nights.

The songs presented here are upbeat, fast, and slightly anthemic. The guitars are extremely reverb heavy and most of the songs contain a very prevalent punk influence in their pacing. "Sixpack", "Country Life", and "Hypnotic Mind" are best representative of this structure with catchy hooks, head-bobbing beats, soaring riffs, and pounding drums abound. A lot of the songs follow a similar formula, and as a result the middle of the album does start to drag on, feeling a little too repetitive and samey, and starts to lose its punch.

But JEFF the Brotherhood are at their best when they branch out from their punk-influenced anthems. "Region of Fire" is mostly void of the reverb laden guitar riffs and instead has a psychedelic feel with clanging drum fills and ends with a fairly interesting guitar solo. The Black Sabbath cover "Changes" focuses more on the synth element of the group and allows the vocals to take the forefront of the musical display. "Wood Ox" is quite possibly the best song on Hypnotic Nights, beginning with a catchy buildup and eventually exploding into the infectious hooks that dominate the rest of the track.

If nothing else, one has to admire the work ethic of JEFF the Brotherhood. Recorded entirely in just seven days, Hypnotic Nights is a record filled to the brim with infectious hooks and catchy melodies. This record perfectly encapsulates the sing along anthems that must make their live shows, which their fans are so fond of, such a joy to witness. The record does feel samey and a little repetitive at times, but overall, Hypnotic Nights is a record that, if nothing else, should get your head bobbing along.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
July 21st 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I added the tracklisting, hopefully it shows up soon.

ZedO
July 21st 2012



1096 Comments


dude just add/edit that tracklist via your edit-my-review feature, you need no mods to approve it =)

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 21st 2012



4854 Comments


Where can you find this because it's not on youtube.

ILJ
July 21st 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It took some effort to find it. I think if you search on newalbumreleases it's on there somewhere. Be careful though, there's a 4 song hypnotic nights ep and a full length.

ILJ
July 21st 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"dude just add/edit that tracklist via your my-edit-review feature, you need no mods to approve it =)"

Thanks dude, very helpful tip!

Ire
July 21st 2012



41754 Comments


listened to one of the tracks and it sounds better than heavy days obv

might listen

Sleaper
July 22nd 2012



3364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, i realllly like some of the tracks on here hey. that guitar at the end of hypnotic winter is godlike

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

londoncalling457
July 22nd 2012



2603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should mention that changes is a sabbath cover

londoncalling457
July 22nd 2012



2603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but yeah band rules, especially live

ILJ
July 22nd 2012



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"you should mention that changes is a sabbath cover"

Thank you! I knew I recognized the song, I just couldn't quite put my finger on who or from what it was.

londoncalling457
July 22nd 2012



2603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

np, it's a pretty good cover too

omnipanzer
July 23rd 2012



21442 Comments


Gj ILJAJLM, I might give this a shot.

POS

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NationalMidnightStar
December 10th 2012



176 Comments


so much boone



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