Concerts Concerts Jeff The Brotherhood and Sandman Viper Command

Jeff The Brotherhood and Sandman Viper Command

JEFF The Brotherhood at Sneaky Dee's
JEFF The Brotherhood
Sandman Viper Command
Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, Ontario
July 15, 2010

Photos and Review by: Pete Nema

I got out to Sneaky Dee's primarily to see JEFF The Brotherhood, but I'm really happy that I arrived early enough to see Burlington-based Sandman Viper Command because they were a real find, and put on an inspired indie performance.

JEFF The Brotherhood

Headliner JEFF The Brotherhood is a two piece outfit — a drum kit played by Jamin Orrall, and a crazy three-string guitar played by Jake Orrall (who also is responsible for vocals). The music is filled with driving grooves, and often focused around the repetition of guitar riffs, which their big sound lends itself to well. Jamin's drum kit was placed right up front, just to the side of Jake, which definitely adds to the visual part of the show, especially when taking it in up against the stage (like the crowd did). The set was raw and rockin', something like what you might expect from two brothers from Nashville. During the encore, Jake wandered off-stage and through the crowd, soloing near the back of the pack, and while he did this the crowd made an arch of arms for him to pass back through on his way back to the stage. Cool.

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Sandman Viper Command

In their relatively short set, Sandman Viper Command managed to prove they're not just a bunch of guys with instruments, they are writers and composers, and good musicians to boot. As they started into the set, the music was not what I was expecting, in a good way — not blow-me-away awesome, but more like "hey, I wasn't expecting this, it sounds pretty cool" — but they really hit stride about halfway through their set with a composition that sounded like it could have been inspired, at least partially, by Vampire Weekend. It wasn't just a basic composition, there was more to it, and it was executed really well from start to finish. Very impressive, and I wish I could find a studio recording of that song (but can't seem to, although "Mushroom Samba" exposes some of the same compositional promise). I have their recent release Everybody See This, and now that I've seen them on stage, quite a few songs sound better to me than before. I'm already looking forward to seeing them again.

Sandman Viper Command will back at Sneaky Dee's playing with Teenage Kicks on August 20th.

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