JEFF the Brotherhood is a 2-piece rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The duo is made up by two brothers, neither of whom are named Jeff. Jake and Jamin Orrall started the band in 2002 in their basement while still in high school. Jake and Jamin left Nashville after high school to pursue the band full time while attending college in Chicago. They moved home when Jamin dropped out of Columbia College Chicago.
The brothers made a return this past Saturday when JEFF the Brotherhood played an 18+ show at Lincoln Hall as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK) music festival. This was their first visit to Chicago since the release of their album Zone, in August of 2016. This is the first album they have released with Dine Alone Records.
Having been playing together for such a long time makes JEFF the Brotherhood’s dynamic seem almost easy. However, it’s an ease that radiates excitement. This can be felt when the band takes the stage and performs with what can be best described as an erratic energy and a technical accuracy. The 2-piece worked the crowd on Saturday night by playing old favorites such as “Hey Friend” and “Sixpack.” They also introduced their fans to songs off Zone, such as “Idiot” and “Portugal.” Their whole setlist was amazing to rock out to. Many audience members knew every song and their enthusiasm elevated as the set progressed.
Joining them on Saturday were Pile and Chastity who helped to excite the JEFF the Brotherhood crowd. TNK did a great job matching these bands up together. Their varying music styles highlighted and complemented one another’s.
If you want to get an idea of how exciting a JEFF the Brotherhood show can be, check out the video below!