The Black Keys weren’t the only guitar and drum duo playing this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Nestled away on the intimate Festival Republic stage, were Tennessee’s brotherly pair, JEFF the Brotherhood, consisting of Jake and Jamin Orral, the latter of which being a former drummer of former Reading & Leeds attendees Be Your Own Pet.
Combining the 70s blues rock of Led Zeppelin, the heavy riffs of Black Sabbath, the garage punk of the Ramones and 90s alt rock of Weezer, the Nashville duo create a southern fried distorted sound, with psychedelic guitars and easy sing-along choruses, the perfect ingredients for an entertaining and reckless afternoon set.
Speaking of The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach produced their most recent album, Hypnotic Nights, of which two songs were featured in the set. However, it was the older songs such as “Heavy Days”, “Hey Friend”, “U Got the Look” and “Shredder”, that got the small and somewhat intrigued crowd bobbing and moshing along to their no nonsense rock ‘n roll style, with Jake Orrall’s three-stringed guitar driving the crowd wild.
Having recently signed with Warner Bros and gaining more praise from critics for their raucous live shows, don’t be surprised to see these guys storming up the bill at Reading & Leeds in years to come. Siobhan Gallagher