The Joup Friday Album: JEFF The Brotherhood ‘Heavy Days’

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A 65 year old guy named Gene called it;

…for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.

He should know, he Rocks N’ Rolls all night and parties ever-ry day.

Diagnosis? Murder.

“The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And the real culprit is that kid’s 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he’s jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”

Simmons, CEO of a four man vacuum that has endeavoured to suck up every cent of his fawning fanbase’s disposable income by shitting maggots into the fossilised remains of his pancake make-up’d take on the genre for the past 40 years, goes on to bemoan the digital proliferation of music. It’s an debate that carries some weight (or bloat) if of course you believe, like Gene, that people make art with the sole intent of earning a buck.

Flies halo the intro of opening/title track ‘Heavy Days’, and a drumbeat increases in volume through the swarm until a feedback squall swells into a riff resurrected from the 70s dispelling them altogether. JEFF The Brotherhood don’t do anything new, but their take on a geriatric genre somehow sounds as thrilling as it did the first time you heard it.

Rock isn’t dead, Gene – You are, and it sounds more ALIVE than you ever did.

Mr Baker, shake our moneymakers.

Chester Whelks

Chester Whelks

Chester Whelks is a peripheral figure on the fringes of existence. Predominantly bothering the local music scene of his native Manchester, England, he has a very finely attuned Justice-button, and knows how to call a spade a ‘Multi-Purpose Murder/Concealment Device’.

One Response to The Joup Friday Album: JEFF The Brotherhood ‘Heavy Days’
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    “Simmons, CEO of a four man vacuum that has endeavoured to suck up every cent of his fawning fanbase’s disposable income by shitting maggots into the fossilised remains of his pancake make-up’d take on the genre for the past 40 years…”

    Unbelievably well said sir. I had never heard of JEFF the Brotherhood before. Thank you for remedying that.

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