JEFF the Brotherhood

JEFF the Brotherhood (10:15 PM)

Diarrhea Planet (9:15 PM)

Colleen Green (8:30 PM)

Tue, October 9, 2012

8:00 pm

This event is all ages

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JEFF the Brotherhood - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
JEFF the Brotherhood
“We’re more proud of this record than any record we’ve made before,” enthuses singer/guitarist Jake Orrall about Wasted On The Dream, the righteous new album from Nashville rockers JEFF The Brotherhood. “It’s the most time we’ve ever spent writing songs, the most time we’ve ever spent in the studio, and it’s definitely the most fully realized JEFF The Brotherhood record we’ve ever made.” “Jake and I wanted to make a really fun rock album that could reach a lot of different people,” adds drummer Jamin Orrall. “And we’ve succeeded”

Wasted On The Dream is the record the Orrall brothers been building up to since they first formed JEFF The Brotherhood in 2001. It’s a van-rocking, bong-rattling slab that authentically captures their fiery mixture of 70s hard rock, 80s punk, 90’s grunge and indelible pop melodies. “People like to lump us in with the garage thing, because there aren’t any other heavy rock bands that are playing the circuit that we’re playing,” says Jake. “But we’re not interested in playing three-chord punk or blues songs; we play hard rock, and we’re all about the pop hook. Bands like Foo Fighters, Weezer and Queens of the Stone Age — that’s who we aspire to be”

Co-produced by JEFF The Brotherhood with Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra), tracks like “Voyage Into Dreams,” “Melting Place” and “Karaoke, TN” are loaded with muscular guitars, pounding drums, sky-punching riffs and effortlessly catchy choruses. “We envisioned something similar to a lot of the rock records that came out in the Nineties,” explains Jamin, “back when rock records were still really big, and bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana were playing arenas.”

While Jake’s three-string guitar and Jamin’s minimalist drum kit used to define the band’s sound, Wasted on the Dream is the first JEFF album to showcase their recent evolution into a fully realized rock outfit: Jake plays six-string guitar, Jamin plays a full kit, and Jack Lawrence (of Raconteurs and Greenhornes fame) plays bass on the entire album. Wasted On The Dream mirrors the awesome power of the bands live shows, which now feature a full-time touring guitarist and bassist in addition to the Orrall brothers. “We did the two-piece thing for twelve years and became really bored with it,” Jake laughs. “We thought, ‘we need to get some more people to play with us, because we’re about to kill each other!’ I’m sure we will perform some of the two-piece stuff again in the future, because the two of us are the band; we can always do that. But everyone who sees us now says we’re at our best and this is the best we’ve ever sounded, in this current incarnation.”

In addition to Lawrence, Wasted On The Dream features guest contributions from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, who sings on “In My Dreams,” plus Diarrhea Planet guitarists, Evan Bird and Emmett Miller (“They play this insane Scorpions-vibe shredder solo on ‘What’s a Creep,’” says Jake) — and, best of all, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, who delivers a truly Tull-riffic flute solo on “Black Cherry Pie”.

Wasted On The Dream also showcases the band’s sharpest songwriting to date, a development that Jake and Jamin partly chalk up to Chiccarelli’s sage guidance. “I wrote 35 songs for the record, and we wound up recording 11 of them,” says Jake. “We’d be working up a song in the studio, and Joe would be like, ‘Hey, do you have a bridge from another song that you’re not using that would go good in this song?’ I’d never even thought about doing something like that before, and it totally worked out! I learned so much from him about song structure, and about what resonates with people in terms of pop songs, melodies, production values, all of that.” “He made our sound much bigger,” adds Jamin. “He’s kind of a freak when it comes to drums; he’s very, very meticulous about drum sounds, and we spent a lot of time getting them just right.”

Jake and Jamin have toured and recorded relentlessly ever since JEFF The Brotherhood began, releasing seven studio albums (including 2012’s Dan Auerbach-produced Hypnotic Nights), a live record and a large stack of singles and EPs, and building up a rabid cult following in the process. But with Wasted On The Dream, JEFF The Brotherhood have come up with a potent record that will tickle the fancy (and eardrums) of a much larger audience while still bringing their loyal fans along for a raucous ride.

“We did it by ourselves for so long, playing basement shows and putting out our own records, so people think of us as punk or garage or lo-fi, or whatever,” reflects Jamin. “But we were only doing that stuff because we didn’t have any other options. And now, we have all these opportunities to play bigger places, and we actually have a budget for an album…”

“Oh yeah,” says Jake. “Now we’re definitely taking this…to the next level”
Diarrhea Planet - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Diarrhea Planet
"Shred till you're dead, or go to hell." - Diarrhea Planet
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll.
The band initially formed in the Spring of 2009 with drummer Casey, and two guitarists Jordan Smith and Evan P. Donohue. That fall the band decided to flesh out their sound with bass and a third guitar, adding Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. They self-released the five song EP, Aloha, in November. The album sounded like a mix between an uncontrollable college party and a gut-wrenching Tae Bo workout. With the Mediafire link popping up on a variety of blogs, Aloha became a sleeper online sensation. Perhaps due to the unusual band name, the EP garnered around 1,500 downloads in its first week online. By the time the band took down the Mediafire link early the next year, The EP had collected over 10,000 downloads.
In the summer of 2010, Evan P. Donohue decided to focus on his own music and left Diarrhea Planet. The band quickly adopted shredders Evan Bird and Emmett Miller, generating Diarrhea Planet's most empowering line-up. The band shifted some of their focus from delinquent party rock to slightly more sophisticated songwriting and guitar theatrics that will make every living guitar hero cry out of joy and/or despair. After this change-up, the band played an exhausting amount of local shows. They have opened for acts such as Wavves, Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Defiance OH, Jacuzzi Boys, The Spits, and The Coathangers. They have also played a variety of basements, warehouses, frat bars, and dorm rooms. The overwhelming volume and sheer brutality of their live onslaught satiates those who crave power and thunder, while the meek grovel on the beer-soaked floor. The wall of heavy riffage and intricate shredding infuses audiences with enough electrical energy to stave off sleep for the rest of the weekend. Despite their leanings towards punk and heavy metal, Diarrhea Planet swears by the Bible of pop. With a distinct emphasis on vocal hooks and harmonies, their shows often morph into massive, drunken sing-alongs.
Diarrhea Planet put out their first physical release in the spring of 2011, when Philadelphia's Evil Weevil label released Aloha on 7" vinyl. That summer, the band signed to Nashville's Infinity Cat Recordings (home of Jeff the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, Natural Child, Pujol, and more) and released the 7" Yama-Uba as part of Infinity Cat's Econoline series. The band has traveled throughout the East coast on extensive self-booked tours in support of their two releases. This fall, the band will continue to tour in support of their full-length album, Loose Jewels, which comes out September 20th on Infinity Cat Recordings.
Colleen Green - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Colleen Green
Inspired by the honesty of freaks like Mike Hunchback, the shit-fi of DIY bands like
The Thermals and Nobunny, and all the poppiest melodies of her favorite singles, stoned songwriter Colleen Green delivers the original pop soundtrack to the days you spend in a daze. Her albums run the gamut in musical styles, from Ramones ripoff pop punk to dreamy, stoned drone to getting-ready-for-da-club shit. It’s dumb, dirty fun for the most part, but it’s also sweet and sincere. Listen once and you will understand that it’s as real as the girl herself.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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