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Oh, Brother!

The family that slays together, stays together. So goes it for the sibs of squawk, aka Jeff the Brotherhood.

Joshua Boydston January 18th, 2012

Jeff the Brotherhood with Shitty/Awesome
9 p.m. Sunday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

Nashville noise-rock duo Jeff the Brotherhood released its breakout album, “We Are the Champions,” this past summer, but already has stepped back into the studio to record a follow-up that promises to be just as outrageous.

“It’s the logical next step,” said guitarist/singer Jake Orrall. “We weren’t trying to think about it too much. We get a lot of ideas that sound really good, but then we think, ‘That’s too cheesy’ or whatever. Lately, it’s like, ‘Fuck it, let’s do it anyway. If it sounds good, it sounds good.’ We’ll see how that turns out.”

Odds are, just fine. The twosome has a decade’s worth of experience, made all the more impressive by the fact that Jake and his brother, Jamin, are just 25 and 23, respectively.

With the encouragement of their father, the brothers of Brotherhood started their own label, Infinity Cat Recordings, when they were teenagers. They released six of their own albums, as well as works by Be Your Own Pet (which the siblings once played in), Pujol and others.

“It would be fun to be recognized as one of the premier indie labels in Nashville,” Jake Orrall said. “There aren’t as many as you’d think.”

However, just down the road is Third Man Records, owned by The White Stripes’ Jack White, with whom the boys have become fast friends, both because of proximity and shared garage-rock sensibilities.

“It’s like we are one big gang,” Jake Orrall said.

Out of left field, when White temporarily added misfits rappers Insane Clown Posse to the gang for a special single, he also enlisted Jeff the Brotherhood for the rocking backing track. The result was the Mozart tribute anthem, “Leck mich im Arsch,” one of the most talked-about recordings of 2011.

“I wouldn’t really call it a collaboration,” Jake Orrall said. “I wouldn’t take credit for any of that, but it was fun. If you can’t laugh at it and don’t get the joke, there’s something wrong with you.”

Photo by Chad Wadsorth

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