Who is Less Than Jake?
That's a legitimate question for someone who has been out of touch with the
independent or punk music scene for the last quarter of a century. To some, the name
may bring you back to a movie soundtrack or a video game; others are transported to a
sweaty day on the Vans Warped Tour. One thing that can not be argued is that if you
have experienced Less Than Jake live, it is something that you will never forget.
With ten full length releases, numerous EP's, 7" singles and compilations, the band has
quietly sold millions of records worldwide, with little support from radio and television
outlets. They have been self managed for the last 6 years and have shown no signs of
slowing down their break neck touring schedule. To quote an industry insider, "while
their contemporaries crowds have diminished, Less Than Jake's draw has seemingly
gotten larger." If asked how this was accomplished, the band members shrug and
respond, "we never stopped touring or trying to be an active band.”
Continuing to play over 150 dates a year while also writing and recording new material
has kept the band fresh in a time when "ska" has become something of a four letter
word. The list of acts they have supported is staggering (Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Snoop
Dogg) while the list of bands that have supported them makes even the most hardened
music industry veteran do a double take (Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Yellowcard). All the
while the band has held firm to its punk rock roots and have managed to live through
many musical trends simply by just being Less Than Jake.
With well over 300 releases on various labels under their belt, most would think their
legacy is already in tact, but the status quo has never interested Less Than Jake. They
continue to write and perform new material and have no thoughts of letting up. With the
energy and exuberance of a band half its age and the determination of savvy veterans,
there is seemingly no end point to this enduring and entertaining band.
So who is Less Than Jake? Go see a show and find out.