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Went There: JEFF the Brotherhood & Salem Wolves 9/25 @ Great Scott

Local boys and Hasslefest alum Salem Wolves


Local boys and Hasslefest alum Salem Wolves started the show with some hardworking blue/white collar rock ’n’ roll led by frontman Gray Bouchard. They effortlessly blew through 11 songs in under 30 minutes, playing songs from their new album Shake. JEFF the Brotherhood’s new stuff is a little different than what we are used to from the brothers, Jamin and Jake Orrall. The recent music sounds more influenced by ’60s proto psych rock and ’70s krautrock than punk. Other songs reminded me of a more experimental ’90s indie sound.

For at least this album cycle and tour, JEFF the Brotherhood are touring as a five piece, which adds Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs) and Jenna Moynihan (Daddy Issues). Throughout their whole set, they were toying with different instruments I wouldn’t have expected, such as theremin, a mindfulness bell, and mbira. Also Jake Orrall and Moynihan duetted in a song or two. Most of the songs they performed were off their new album, “Magick Songs.” The only older song they did was “Melting Place,” and that song isn’t even that old. Even with all the changes, I still loved them as usual.

Salem Wolves setlist:

More Weight
Teenage Wonder
Die Like Dogs
(Can’t Wait)
Black Books

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